High-End PCs Will See "Resurgence" in 2016, Valve Rep Says
Less than 1 percent of PCs in use around the world next year will be able to run VR, research group says.
Due to the predicted popularity of virtual reality, high-end PCs in the home will see a "resurgence" in 2016. That's according to Valve's Chet Faliszek, who offered his thoughts on Twitter.
"Thanks to VR, in this coming year we will see a resurgence of high-end PCs in the home," he said.
Faliszek also said he's thinking about what implications this may have. "What's the side-effect?" "What are the opportunities?" he said. Faliszek didn't provide answers to those questions--but the opportunities are exciting to think about.
According to an estimate from Nvidia (via Bloomberg), only 13 million PCs globally are powerful enough run VR games. That's less than 1 percent of the 1.43 billion PCs that people will own in 2016, according to data from research group Gartner.
Thanks to VR, in this coming year we will see a resurgence of high-end PCs in the home. What's the side-effect? What are the opportunities?— Chet Faliszek (@chetfaliszek) December 30, 2015
HTC Vive, the VR headset that Valve's making with HTC, was expected to launch in 2015. However, it was recently delayed, in part because HTC discovered a "very big technological breakthrough" that will be shown off at CES next week. The official, final specs for HTC Vive have not been announced.