High-End PCs Will See “Resurgence” in 2016, Valve Rep 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.

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.

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