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Valve announces free SteamVR Tracking for 3rd Party hardware makers starting today

By making SteamVR Tracking free, Valve hopes future VR hardware won't suck as much.


Valve has announced third-party VR hardware makers will be able to use a royalty-free license of SteamVR Tracking, essentially no longer giving manufacturers an excuse for bad tracking.

SteamVR tracking technology will give hardware developers the opportunity to build devices capable of delivering highly precise positioning and orientation into their devices. This technology is already being used by the HTC Vive with Valve expecting SteamVR to be used in additional devices, like VR peripherals and other input devices.

"Making this tracking technology available to more partners is an extremely important step in the evolution of virtual reality and 3D tracking,” said Valve engineer Alan Yates in a statement submitted to Shacknews. “We are very confident that doing so will result in new and innovative experiences for all VR customers."

Those who would like to license SteamVR will receive a hardware development kit that includes a reference tracked device, sensors, and software tools that will assist in designing and building new VR devices and peripherals. All licensees will have to do is create, or log into, a Steam account, sign up as a Steam partner, and then proceed to sign up as a SteamVR Tracking licensee. Once those steps are taken, licensees will need to wait to hear back from Valve to schedule their training.

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