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LG is making a SteamVR headset that will compete with the HTC Vive

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SteamVR promotional image.

SteamVR promotional image.

Valve has announced that South Korean electronics corporation LG will be producing a new VR headset for the SteamVR tracking system. A prototype of the head-mounted display will be shown at GDC this week, where LG will take feedback from developers before it settles on the design of commercial units.

"The LG HMD prototype is designed to deliver a high fidelity, next generation VR experience," reads Valve's press release.

Back when the HTC Vive was announced, I thought it was a little curious that the software and tracking technology were called SteamVR but the headset itself was branded HTC. But Valve's intentions soon became clear: to build tracking technology (opens in new tab) that other hardware companies can take advantage of, not to sell a single package like the Oculus Rift.

Pricing and other details will be announced at "a later date." Given that the headset is still in the prototype stage, I imagine that could be a year or more off. Still, it's exciting that an HTC Vive and Oculus Rift competitor is emerging so soon, and we'll have people at Valve's GDC booth this week to find out more about it.

Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.