Valve Announces ‘The Lab’ VR Experiments To Be Shown At GDC

by Ian Hamilton • March 7th, 2016

Valve plans to debut a compilation of new VR experiments known as “The Lab” at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next week.

Announced in a paragraph-long email, “The Lab” is set “in a pocket universe of Aperture Science” and “offers multiple ways to enjoy room-scale VR. It will be offered free of charge via Steam this spring.”

More will be revealed at GDC next week. Here’s the full text of that email:

March 7, 2016 — Valve has announced plans to debut “The Lab,” a compilation of new VR experiments, at next week’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, CA. Set in a pocket universe of Aperture Science, “The Lab” offers multiple ways to enjoy room-scale VR. It will be offered free of charge via Steam this spring. More information will be made available next week at GDC.

Since its debut last year the HTC Vive has been shown with a demo set inside Aperture Science with the freedom to walk around a robot as it is disassembled and open a drawer with natural hand movements. Valve has also performed some photogrammetry experiments which include Aperture Science robots too.

It’s unclear what specifically Valve intends to show, but the company is pretty clear that it’s something new. We can’t wait to see what it is.

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