Published: Thu, March 02, 2017
Industry | By Faith Ward

LG to reveal new VR headset this week at GDC

LG to reveal new VR headset this week at GDC

Valve has announced that LG Electronics will be unveiling its first foray into VR at the GDC (Game Developers Conference) this week.

Although Valve worked together with HTC to produce the original Vive and its associated technologies, the SteamVR platform has been, for the most part, open to other companies from the get go. We've contacted LG and Valve for a comment.

The version that LG plans to show off at GDC will be in the prototype stage, but Valve describes it as a "high-fidelity, next-generation VR experience", as per RoadToVR.

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Read into that what you will. However, this is not the first time LG has trotted down the VR path. The VR headset will utilize StreamVR tracking and built on the OpenVR platform.

Pricing, launch dates, and territories will be announced at a later date, says Valve. There is now no price set for the LG VR headset. Not to be confused with the company's own LG 360 VR, which is a much simpler design that now works with only one device the ill-received LG G5 smartphone. Although the device delivered a more compact and lightweight mobile VR experience, it mostly generated negative reviews from critics and never really caught on with mass consumers. This makes LG's upcoming VR headset a direct competitor to HTC Vive in that regard. And, like we said, it will be based around the SteamVR system, which was opened to developers and manufacturers previous year.

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