Valve’s Chet Faliszek has revealed the company is working on virtual reality technology. In an interview with VG247, Faliszek also claimed other organisations are “definitely” doing the same.
Faliszek spoke to VG247′s resident superhuman, Dave Cook:
We recently saw am New York Times journalist wearing a set of Valve AR goggles. What’s your take on wearable computing? Gabe has spoken a lot about the idea previously, and it seems that others are going down that route too. We saw patents from Microsoft for example.
“It’s super-cool. It’s more that we’re just looking at the future and making sure that we’re prepared, trying to understand how everything will work, what the limitations are, and what problems could we run in to.
If you’re not playing around with ideas in that space already you’re going to be really behind the game. So yeah we’ve started playing around with it, and there’s a whole bunch of stuff the hardware guys are just goofing around with and having some fun with.”
I’m trying to imagine what their office looks like and all I’m seeing is an ungodly mess of wires and spare parts.
“Yeah, it’s full of multiple rooms with crazy little devices, as well as a ton of pinball machines that they brought into work. We had to re-power one part of the office because we didn’t have enough power for all the pinball machines to always be on. You’re never too far from a pinball machine in our offices.”
Are you mindful that the industry has tried to sell wearable hardware to people before in virtual reality, which of course didn’t take off? Is there a danger of that happening again?
“It’s just like anything else, I mean, I was a naysayer on smartphones being as small as they were. But I love it.”
It’s an exciting time though because nobody – save a select few – really knows what’s going to happen further down the line.
“Yeah you just have to see what’s out there. But yeah the VR stuff is definitely something people are looking at.”
Stay tuned for the full interview which is due to be published later today.