Valve Will Provide Royalty-Free Licensing to Third parties for SteamVR ‘Lighthouse’ Tracking Technology

Published by , August 8, 2016 4:00 am

(RoadToVR)  Valve has announced that it will provide royalty-free licensing to third parties interested in using the SteamVR ‘Lighthouse’ tracking technology to create new tracked objects like VR controllers and other peripherals. Licensees will need to pay $2,975 to attend a training course, but other than that, there’s no licensing fees or royalties for using the tech, Valve says.
The company explains why in an FAQ about the tracking licensing: “For now we need to make sure that there is complete compatibility among base stations and tracked devices. Longer term, we do want the hardware community to help us evolve base station design and to help innovate in that area, but given our own limited bandwidth we need to push that collaboration out to some future date.”

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