Valve HTC Vive Controller News Update: New Gadgets To Enhance User's VR Experience

Joe BacaronOct 20, 2016 09:40 AM EDT
Max Weisel/NormalVRValve has revealed the new HTC Vive controller during the Steam Dev Days conference in Seattle recently. These new gadgets are supposedly going to enhance the user’s VR experience.

Valve has revealed the new HTC Vive controller during the Steam Dev Days conference in Seattle recently. These new gadgets are supposedly going to enhance the user's VR experience.

Doug Lombardi, spokesman for Valve, said the prototypes for the HTC Vive controller were teased in order to get some reaction from the developers and address their concerns, if there are any.

In an interview with CNET, Lombardi said that Valve released the HTC Vive controller after realizing that it will give the user that tactile feel when they are exploring the world of virtual reality.

"Designers can shape their game so the bottom half of tools in the game match up with the controller," he said. "But with hands, it feels more like you're just using your hands to do things."

According to Tech Radar, this news about the Valve HTC Vive controller is not exactly new considering that there have been reports before about the company allocating resources on R&D. The company's SteamVR technology has been powering the VR headset.

Also, Valve also revealed new additions for its 2017 model of the HTC Vive headset which showed off "light-emitting nodes" that will equip the gadget with the capability to track and measure the whole room.

The HTC Vive headset costs about $800, but there's no word yet on how much the Valve controllers will cost.

There should be more news on the Valve HTC Vive controller in the weeks ahead as the company will be able to give more details on its features and specs. We will publish more info on this as soon as there's one available.

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