Valve – Source 2 Portal VR demo at GDC

Posted 2 years ago

Valve announced the Source 2 engine and started demoing its VR headset at the Game Developers Conference. It would make sense that they would also introduce a new game that would use their new engine tech, but nothing was revealed. They did however demo a VR Aperture experience, built on the Source 2 engine, and using both the headset and the motion controllers. It should be noted however that this does not point to a new Portal being in development, or any other title for that matter, as the demo was only for the purpose of demonstrating the VR technology of the Valve/HTC Vive. It does however give us a glimpse as to the incredible visual fidelity and capabilities of the Source 2 engine.

Despite the apparent low quality of the video, the potential of the Source 2 engine is quite obvious. We can only imagine what a new Portal title would be like, and even the highly anticipated Half-Life 3. This does not in any way indicate that the aforementioned titles are in development, but we can certainly dream.

The Valve and HTC VR experience has left some great impressions

There have been some very positive impressions of the VR experience offered by the Valve/HTC unit, including IGN’s Mitch Dyer, who talks about his experience. There’s certainly an immense amount of anticipation for Valve’s titles, and whether they could be coming or not, remains a mystery. If Valve have opted out of developing their own games, it would be unfortunate.

Valve talked about the Source 2 engine stating:

“This combined with recent announcements by Epic and Unity, will help continue the PCs dominance as the premiere content authoring platform.”

“The value of a platform like the PC is how much it increases the productivity of those who use the platform.”

said Valve’s Jay Stelly


“With Source 2, our focus is increasing creator productivity. Given how important user-generated content is becoming,

Source 2 is designed not for just the professional developer, but enabling gamers themselves to participate in the creation and development of their favorite games.

“We will be making Source 2 available for free to content developers. This combined with recent announcements by Epic and Unity will help continue the PCs dominance as the premiere content authoring platform.”

Valve, also confirmed that there will also be a Vulkan compatible version of the new Source 2 engine, the new API from the Khronos Group, and OpenGL successor, emphasizing the API’s ability to enable developers to get the most out of the latest graphics hardware.

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