After years of existing on the fringe of popular technology and languishing as an item of science-fiction fascination, virtual reality may become common sooner than you think. According to innovative gaming company Valve, you might be plugged into a digital world within just a couple of years.
Valve is probably best known for games such as Half-Life and Portal, as well as the digital distribution platform Steam, which has all but revolutionized the modern gaming industry. Currently, the gaming company is throwing itself head first into researching and developing a consumer-friendly virtual reality product.
In a talk given at Steam Developer Day, veteran game programmer Michael Abrash gave his thoughts on the viability of virtual reality software. Abrash estimated that “compelling, consumer-priced” virtual reality gear will be available within the coming 2 years. Aside from famous virtual reality development project the Oculus Rift, Abrash pointed out that Valve has designed and built a prototype headset of its own.
Whether you’re a long-time gaming enthusiast or just a curious casual gamer, there’s no denying that virtual reality could change the entire landscape of video games as we know it.