Select developers will receive virtual reality tools later this spring

Applications open for Valve’s Vive VR dev kits

Valve has opened applications for any developers who want a dev kit for its new virtual reality platform Vive VR.

Announced during GDC as part of a partnership with mobile giant HTC, the device is Valve’s first foray into the sector and the first part of its SteamVR initiative.

The company previously promised that selected developers would be able to sign up for free dev kits, and the new sign-up site – which you can find via Steam – gives studios the chance to add themselves to the list.

If their application is successful, they will receive a HTC Vive Developer Edition, which includes the headset, two game controllers and two base stations to track the controllers’ movements. Prototypes of the controllers were spotted at GDC.

The application form includes a few technical details, including that the headset has a 1080 x 1200 screen for each eye – both with a refresh rate of 90fps – and that the base station requires players to have a space of 15 feet by 15 feet.

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