Earlier today HTC announced the HTC Vive, a new virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) made in partnership with Valve. A long list of partners working on content for the device was revealed shortly afterwards, with names such as Bossa Studios and Fireproof Games featuring. Another studio, Owlchemy Labs, has even gone as far as to reveal Job Simulator, its upcoming HTC Vive videogame. Speaking about the HMD itself following its reveal, the developer noted that Valve has ‘basically solved the sim sickness problem’.
A member of the Owlchemy Labs team, going by the name of gtjuggler, stated as much on Reddit. “Valve basically solved the sim sickness problem,” the developer said. “It’s absolutely incredible.” Vive offers user tracking, allowing players to walk around an area of up to 15 feet by 15 feet and have those movements replicated in an experience. HTC is also prepping two controllers for users to hold, allowing them to interact with objects and more.
Job Simulator is set in 2015 and depicts a world in which robots are common and handle everyday chores such as cleaning and cooking. The videogame is a VR exclusive title currently in development for Steam VR, Oculus Rift and other as-yet-unannounced HMDs. The developer will be showcasing the experience at Valve’s own booth at the 2015 Game Developers Conference (GDC) next week and plans to launch the title later on in 2015. The Vive itself is expected to launch for consumers in Holiday 2015.
VRFocus will continue to follow the HTC Vive closely and will be at GDC all of next week to deliver the latest updates from any and all VR projects.