In the midst of all the tech talks and indie game demos at the Game Developers Conference, you’ll find the show floor, a place where serious companies try to get your attention in decidedly non-serious ways. Every year as the GDC comes to a close, we like to tour the show floor to see what new techniques middleware companies are using to capture the attention of showgoers. This year’s show floor, in San Francisco’s cavernous Moscone Center, did not disappoint.
A number of companies have done their best to capitalize on the emerging virtual reality trend with new controllers and accessories. These aren’t the well-funded, big-name head-mounted displays from the likes of Valve or Oculus, but they’re often gimmicky prototypes that try to put a new spin on the way you interact with virtual reality.
Many of these startups will be gone by the time GDC rolls around next year, so we thought we should at least document their existence while we can. (Updating(Now with video from some of the VR platforms that Sam Machkovech and I also encountered.) Enjoy this visual tour of the most entertainingly weird products and companies offering their wares this year.