New possibility: Watching DOTA 2 games in virtual reality
MANILA, Philippines – Valve, the company behind multiplayer online battle arena game DOTA 2 and the Steam software client, may be looking into letting gamers with virtual reality (VR) systems watch games through a VR interface.
A teaser video on Valve's Steam VR webpage (under the Steam header) shows off one of the many possibilities of virtual reality: augmented spectator viewing of video games.
According to The Daily Dot, the video appears to show a professional DOTA 2 match being watched through an HTC Vive VR headset – the final match of the Shanghai Major showing teams Evil Geniuses and MVP fighting for the win.
Not only can a player watch a stream of the game – the VR experience also lets users check on the individual character equipment carried by a given player.
A map overview also shows where players are moving to as the game progresses, providing a bird's eye view of the match.
While the VR spectator feature may not be formally announced for DOTA 2 and Steam VR in the future, it does open up many tantalizing possibilities for future games, especially with the Manila Majors and the major DOTA 2 tournament – The International – coming up. – Rappler.com