The VALVE way to virtual reality gaming

Steam’s virtual reality just got a boost from the maker of Unreal Tournament

Microsoft just grabbed support from a big game engine for its augmented reality headset, and now Valve and HTC are getting support from an even bigger one for their VR headset. That support comes from Epic Games, which is today adding tools for SteamVR in Unreal Engine 4 — the latest in a line of engines that have powered major 3D games like Unreal Tournament and Gears of War. SteamVR is Valve’s virtual reality platform, which is initially being made available through HTC’s Vive headset this spring. As a platform focused on gaming, SteamVR very much needs to get major game engines on board. Unreal is one of the more powerful options around — it’s also free, albeit with a 5 percent royalty for games that make over $3,000 — which should open up possibilities for interested developers in a meaningful way. ….[READ]


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