Valve Programmer Dicussing ‘Advanced VR Rendering’ at GDC 2015

VRFocus- Half-Life developer and Steam owner Valve has a close relationship with virtual reality (VR) technology so far. Not only do several ex-employees now hold high level positions at Oculus VR, but the company even has its own head-mounted display (HMD) for internal testing, as pictured below. While the studio might not be planning to release its own kit for consumers to try out, Valve is more than happy to share its findings with anyone that will listening. To that end, one of the company’s Graphics Programmers will be holding a session on VR rendering at the 2015 Game Developers Conference (GDC).

SteamPowered3420d ago

I never understood why Valve never released their own VR. They sure helped out Oculus in the beginning.
PLUS hearing that Valve may reveal a new OpenGL makes me very excited as well. GDC cant get here soon enough.

WizzroSupreme3420d ago

Honestly surprised Valve wasn't the first to jump onboard the VR bandwagon. They're one of the only people in the industry I would've trusted with the technology or expect to be interested in it for a Half-Life 3 alone.


Steam Account Transfer Via Will on Death is Not Permitted, Valve Confirms

In case you were curious, a Steam account transfer via will is not permitted according to an official response from Valve.

anast19d ago

The games are theirs. People just pay to ride the ride.

Skuletor18d ago

Would be nice if the article's writer looked into and reported whether other digital game libraries could be transferred over via will (Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo, EGS, EA app, GOG, Ubisoft Connect, Rockstar Launcher etc) instead of this half-baked piece but it's probably the same for all of them anyway

Kornholic18d ago

This seems like a way bigger issue than mandatory PSN account linking for PlayStation games.

So where is the outcry?

Skuletor18d ago

It's not like PlayStation is doing any different.

"You may not sell, buy, trade, or transfer your Online ID, Account or any personal access to PSN Services through any means or method, including by use of web sites."

Kornholic17d ago

So you are that saying Steam is being very anti consumer with its policies. That's why I'm so baffled by the lack of outcry from the PC audience.

NotoriousWhiz18d ago (Edited 18d ago )

It's not like your account just stops working when you die. Include your email, account id, and password in the will (including the password to your email) and your survivors should have no problem using your games.

anast18d ago

PC gamers are a different lot. They don't mind renting their games forever, they don't mind spending money on overpriced equipment, and they don't mind fiddling with settings for hours before they even play the game, but linking a PSN account demands a riot. This is hard to understand, but then again, we all have to draw our lines somewhere.

Skuletor18d ago

You sure talk a lot of nonsense.Go look up the percentage of digital sales compared to physical sales of PS5 games, then tell me again about "renting" games.

mandf18d ago

Overblown funny and 100percent true

anast18d ago (Edited 18d ago )

There is no option at all to buy a physical copy of a PC game... And more people game on consoles for the reasons that make PC gamers a different lot.

VIK212118d ago

it's not so much the linking but the fact that certain countries aren't allowed to access psn...

VIK212118d ago

@anast I have a disc ps5 since launch, initially I bought some disc games, but I can't be bothered to walk to a physical store nowadays... I just buy the titles when they go on special sale or gray market store like CDKeys...

DustMan18d ago

PSN was a different story altogether. It kept people who bought the game from playing in countries that PSN wasn't supported. I never understood the issue anyway.

I don't know if PC stuff is overpriced considering that you can buy a new video card with the same amount of money you'd spend over 5 or 6 years paying to play games online with a console. I'll never pay double to use the same connection. That is what I'll never understand about console gamers. "let me pay an extra hundred & twenty dollars a year to use the same internet I pay for monthly and use on literally every device in my home for free....except for my Playstation"

Extermin8or3_18d ago

@Skuletor about 50-60% of sales are digital for most games. Meaning 40-50% are physical....

anast18d ago


You might not but you are not the expectation that creates a universal.

Skuletor18d ago

Right and where are you getting that information from?


"Renting games"
In the fourth fiscal quarter of 2023, approximately 77 percent of Sony Corporation's PlayStation gaming sales were generated via digital downloads.

"overpriced equipment"
Some people are willing to pay a premium for better performance, the way you keep talking about the PS5 Pro on N4G proves you're a hypocrite in that regard but whatever, lol

"fiddling with settings for hours before they even play the game"
Most pc games will give the option to scan your system to choose recommended settings or start with moderate settings that will run the game fine but you're free to mess around at your own leisure, to improve performance or quality if you wish to. For those that don't want to, there's free software that can do that for you, such as Nvidia's Geforce or AMD's AMD Catalyst. Geforce Experience even gives you the option of choosing whether to prioritize performance vs image quality with a simple slider for easy optimization, it's not rocket science, like you try make it out to be.

"linking a PSN account demands a riot"
Playstation selling Helldivers 2 in regions without the legal means to create a PSN account by Sony's own standards, then telling people in those regions that already bought the game that they can no longer play the game, isn't a cause for concern? Though you've already heard about that but keep going along with your own narrative because of your weird vendetta against PC on here.

This is hard to understand, but then again, we all have to draw our lines somewhere.


I don't rent I torrent to keep, if they take them down that's ok I don't care I have them LOL. I do buy PC games but very little as I want full control which is why I torrent to keep them in my collection, and I do not give a fuck what the devs or publishers want. I never did never will.

anast17d ago


Just like you can choose play games on low to barely mid settings for the price of a PS5, you can also choose not to game online on the PS5. So, now you are getting a better gaming experience and not paying extra for online.

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thorstein18d ago

So just give your progeny the passwords.

OtterX18d ago

Keep the password sealed in the Will, only to be opened after death. :)

Aphrodia18d ago

Right? How are they gonna know you are dead?

FinalFantasyFanatic18d ago

The only way they will know is when an account is active for 300 years, lol.