At GDC 2015, Valve and HTC are demo’ing their new virtual reality system which utilises a laser-based tracking system. We’ve got high-res images of those base stations for you now.

GDC is exploding with VR news, and as ever with new product launched, finding your way past the PR fluff looking for solid technical information can be tricky. Luckily, Valve and hardware partner HTC are being generally very open on this front, even going so far as to exhibit a mini-museum of Valve’s R&D work that lead to the HTC Vive developer edition as unveiled at the Mobile World Congress on Sunday.

See Also: HTC and Valve Announces New VR Headset ‘Vive’ Partnership

Here’s a look at and inside units which are close to those which developers signing up to HTC and Valve’s developer program will receive sometime around Spring this year.

The tracking system seems to be versatile as it can be applied, in theory, to any object within range of the base stations. For this reason, Valve decided to develop special VR controllers, sporting the same sensors found on the Vive headset itself.

We’ve gone ‘hands on’ with the new Steam VR headset and controllers and will be bringing you our impressions very soon. In the mean time, we thought these images would be of interest to our readers, so here they are in all their glory.

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Based in the UK, Paul has been immersed in interactive entertainment for the best part of 27 years and has followed advances in gaming with a passionate fervour. His obsession with graphical fidelity over the years has had him branded a ‘graphics whore’ (which he views as the highest compliment) more than once and he holds a particular candle for the dream of the ultimate immersive gaming experience. Having followed and been disappointed by the original VR explosion of the 90s, he then founded to follow the new and exciting prospect of the rebirth of VR in products like the Oculus Rift. Paul joined forces with Ben to help build the new Road to VR in preparation for what he sees as VR’s coming of age over the next few years.
  • Don Gateley

    Wow! All those components being required is bound to make this entry _very_ high end.