Valve’s first SteamVR headset the HTC Vive is coming to UK’s biggest gaming event EGX 2015 at Birmingham’s NEC September 24-27. This’ll be the first time the hardware has been shown publicly in the UK and will available to try throughout EGX’s 4 day run.
EGX is the UK’s biggest gaming expo, and it’s growing. With visitor numbers expected to exceed 75,000 over the event’s 4 day run this year, the show formerly known as Eurogamer Expo runs from 24th to 27th September and takes place at The NEC, Birmingham.
Gaming expos the world over have seen a growth in the presence of virtual reality over the last few years and, as consumer hardware launches for all three major VR players loom large, EGX 2015 will be no exception.
HTC’s Vive is the first headset to be built for Valve’s SteamVR platform. It was launched at this year’s Mobile World Congress and, along with Valve’s SteamVR controllers, went on to dominate the Game Developer Conference shortly afterwards. Road to VR‘s Ben Lang described the system as capable of creating a “…stage of constant presence” after his time with the system at GDC, and he’s not a man who’s easily impressed.
Along with the HTC Vive’s UK public debut, Valve’s Chet Faliszek will be giving a talk at 3pm on the 24th that looks forward to “The year ahead in VR”, a follow-up to his EGX Rezzed talk earlier in the year. The HTC Vive is scheduled go on sale before the end of the year and first to market with Oculus’ Rift and Sony’s Morpheus set to ship in Q1 and Q2 2016 respectively.
So, if you’re interested in being one of the first in the UK to catch a glimpse at the future of gaming, grab yourself some tickets over at the EGX website.