Valve might have a second VR headset in improvement with a standalone design just like what’s presently supplied by Fb’s lineup of Oculus Quest headsets. Proof for the brand new headset was delivered to gentle by YouTuber Brad Lynch. He discovered a number of references in Valve’s SteamVR code to a tool codenamed “Deckard” which he then cross-referenced towards the corporate’s latest patent purposes.

Ars Technica subsequently confirmed with its personal sources that a lot of Lynch’s findings are correct, and that Valve does have a second headset prototype in improvement. In distinction with the corporate’s first VR headset, the Valve Index, launched in 2019, the brand new headset has a inbuilt processor that might enable it to work with out being tethered to a PC by a cable. Valve additionally reportedly has ambitions for it to have the ability to monitor motion with no need exterior base stations (aka “inside-out” monitoring).

Ars’ claims broadly line up with the code references Lynch outlines in his video. These embody use of the time period “standalone” and a code string that means it may need some inside processing energy, which might enable it to operate independently from an exterior PC. There are additionally references that counsel the brand new headset may need some measure of wi-fi connectivity, probably by way of Wi-Fi. Ars additionally reviews that particulars about up to date optics are additionally correct, which might enable the headset’s lenses to be positioned nearer to the consumer’s face for higher consolation and efficiency.

Experiences of a standalone headset are attention-grabbing in gentle of the announcement of Valve’s handheld Steam Deck console, which runs on a semi-custom AMD processor. A Valve FAQ has made it clear that the present console is “not optimized” for VR, however in an interview the corporate expressed an curiosity in at some point utilizing the processor in a standalone VR headset.

“We’re not ready to say anything about [using the AMD processor in a VR headset],” Valve’s Greg Coomer instructed The Verge in a latest Steam Deck interview, “but it would run well in that environment, with the TDP necessary… it’s very relevant to us and our future plans.”

After all, Valve growing one thing internally is not any assure it’ll ever see a industrial launch. Ars factors in the direction of the corporate’s famous history of engaged on tasks internally, solely to kill them off. However the truth that the corporate has already launched one VR headset, and is on the cusp of releasing its personal standalone handheld console, has us hopeful that Deckard may at some point make it to market.

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