Valve’s own Gabe Newell made three notable announcements today during the
Unity Vision Summit. The largest and by far the most attention grabbing of
the three tidbits of news was that Valve gifted a Vive Pre to all the
developers at the summit.
Valve borrows a few ideas from Oprah and Google, combining them by giving
away the HTC Vive Pre to everyone in the audience. In the past, Google has
given away newly announced products at its I/O Developer Conference and
it’s possible this reward drew in a large crowd, even non-developers. Oprah
has also used this tactic on her former talk show to give away a bunch of
recommended products filling the audience with hopes of leaving with arms
full of swag.
Also in Newell’s address to the public he states that SteamVR will come to
the Unity developing platform at no extra cost to devs and they’re bringing
a plugin to the platform as well.
The Vive Pre is the virtual reality setup HTC and Valve announced during
CES and the refreshed hardware picked up a bunch of awards at said event.
So far, it appears that Valve is the one handling all the Vive Pre HMD’s.
As far as we know they’ve started shipping devices to previously registered
Vive developers and now this batch at the Unity Vision Summit. This leaves
us to ponder how many more of the 6,000 Pre systems do they have left in
inventory and how can prospective devs get their hands on them.
Video source: VRfocus
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