Valve is going in.
It looks like Valve will be looking towards more ambitious VR experiences looking forward.
In a recent briefing with press at Valve’s studio in Seattle, Gabe Newell confirmed that Valve is working on three new VR games using both Unity and Valve’s Source 2 engine. Newell confirmed to Gamasutra that the games mentioned will be “full games”, unlike a smaller experience like The Lab, which the HTC Vive launched with.
“So one of the questions you might ask us is ‘Why in the world are we making hardware?’ So right now, we’re building 3 VR games. And what we can do now is to be designing hardware at the same time that we’re designing software. This is something that Miyamoto has always had, right?”
“[Miyamoto] has had the ability to think about what the input devices & the design of systems should be like while he’s trying to design games. Our sense is that that’s going to allow us to actually build much better entertainment experiences for people,” he said in the briefing.
Newell also noted that Valve isn’t in the hardware purely to be in the hardware business, as it has “actually traditionally been a lousy low-margin business.”