Valve is offering free VR tech to third party hardware companies

By James O'Connor, Friday, 5 August 2016 07:38 GMT

Valve has taken a step to ensure that future VR development is a smoother experience.

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As reported by Gamespot, Valve is now licensing Steam VR Tracking to any hardware company who wants to use it, royalty free.

Valve has listed the details of the technology on their site, including all the technical jargon.

“Whether you’re building a VR golf club or an indoor quad-copter, 3D tracking is the heart of your product”, the site says.

“Developed in-house at Valve, SteamVR Tracking is a hardware/software solution that lets your devices know in real time where they are, within a room. Valve is now making SteamVR Tracking fully available to other companies, without licensing fees.”

This is the same technology used in the HTC Vive. Valve is hoping that this will lead to growth in the VR market.

It may take a while for the impact of this to be felt in how VR games are made, but it’s a good sign that this technology is being made readily available.

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