Valve is abandoning VR. The company will focus on Steam Deck

It seemed that after the success of Half-Life: Alyx Valve would follow the blow and bet on VR technology even more. Meanwhile, we are getting quite different reports from the Steam developer camp.

Though Valve is known primarily as a software company, but in recent years it has created several hardware projects (eg Steam Controller or Steam Link). Moreover, the company’s recent efforts in the field of VR proved successful, however, in the face of interest Steam Deckiem Valve seems to be moving away from the virtual reality platform now to focus on its new product.

Sources report that in the face of interest in Steam Deck, Valve will now move away from supporting virtual reality to a new platform.

According to informant Tyler McVicker (and Reddit user Awkward96), Valve as a company has virtually lost interest in VR. This is said to be due to the fact that Facebook (now Meta) has managed to gain a firm foothold in the market by purchasing many of the top VR developers. The success of Quest 2 is undoubtedly another factor, but it means less competition in the VR market, which is not a good option from a consumer perspective.

One of the VR games previously leaked at Valve was Project Citadel. According to McVicker, Project Citadel has been shifted from being a PC VR title and is now being reworked to showcase Steam Deck capabilities instead. However, VR wasn’t completely abandoned by Valve. Reportedly, a small team is working on the new Half-Life VR game, though it is currently said to have a 50/50 chance of being canceled due to Valve’s aforementioned lack of interest. Moreover, following in the footsteps of Meta and Quest, Steam is allegedly working on a new standalone VR headset, however, similar to the game Half-Life VRits chances of survival are 50/50.

The VR market has struggled to gain popularity for years. Moreover, Valve’s Half-Life: Alyx is one of the best and most impressive VR games, so it’s all the more disappointing that the company is losing interest in the technology. We hope that both the upcoming VR headset and the game will survive this difficult period.

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