Unity Technologies have announced recently that Valve will partner up with Unity to support VR. The Unity engine is used to power a variety of games and applications and it will support the SteamVR platform that will be released soon by Valve Software. The support feature that will be added to the Unity engine will not bring any extra cost to the developers.
According to Unity Technologies, the applications and games build with the Unity engine will provide an enhanced realistic experience to the user. For this end, Valve Software released a SteamVR plugin meant for the Unity engine that will offer enhanced performance and fidelity.
Gabe Newell, Valve MD and co-founder, declared that a great number of their Vive demos were made using the Unity engine and they are still using it in the present for Virtual Reality development. He added the fact that the VR developers with whom they are cooperating contributed with ideas that will help make the Unity engine more powerful and robust. Newell plans on sharing the benefits of the Unity engine with all of the creators of VR content.
Until now a downloadable plugin was the only way of accessing SteamVR for the Unity engine. By using the SteamVR platform, the developers want to design a single interface that will be compatible with almost of the VR headsets that are now available on the market and the upcoming HTC Vive (which is designed and developed by Valve) and the much-awaited Oculus Rift.
The interface that they are working on will be able to handle experiences that range from the usual seated position to a full-seized room.
The CEO of Unity Technologies, John Riccitiello, also declared that Valve will partner up with Unity to support VR and to offer the highest quality Virtual Reality experience to the customers.
But the news of the native support that SteamVR will receive from the Unity engine is not that unexpected. Not long ago, Epic Games declared that the editor of their Unreal Engine IV was running smoothly in a Virtual Reality environment. It seems that the Unreal Engine will allow developers to create Virtual Reality experiences and places in real time. More information will be available in March at the 2016 GDC.
Another competing gaming engine is the Lumberyard from Amazon that was introduced this week. The engine can only support console and PC games for the moment, but Amazon announced that the VR and mobile platforms are coming soon.
Valve will partner up with Unity to support VR, the Unreal Engine from Epic Games is already capable of letting the developers create V scenarios and now Amazon hits the market with the Lumberyard. It seems that virtual reality technology is on the rise.
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