Valve Allegedly Building a Wireless VR Headset Codenamed ‘Deckard’
It is rumored that Valve is working on a new virtual reality headset. This is according to industry sleuths who have reportedly discovered references to a new Valve headset prototype in the SteamVR code. If the rumors are credible, the headset will be standalone and so, would not be tethered to a PC.
This information is from the virtual reality YouTuber Brad Lynch who is reporting that members of his community discovered several references to a device codenamed “Deckard” the SteamVR code. Brad subsequently cross-referenced this name against recent patents from the company and reportedly unearthed multiple references to the headset featuring an internal processor and antennas that will enable it connect wirelessly to Wi-Fi which suggests that it is a standalone virtual reality headset.
The headset’s existence has been further corroborated by insiders to the publication Ars Technica which claims that while valve is working on the new headset, it is far from a commercial release. Ars Technica’s sources are also saying that Valve may be developing some form of internal tracking which will make it possible for future headsets to work without base stations.
Valve already has its in-house virtual reality headset known as the Valve Index that saw tremendous success ahead of the release of the VR hit Half-Life: Alyx. It is highly probable that the company might contemplating another hardware release. Besides, a huge part of the success of the Oculus Quest 2 is that it is a standalone VR headset which doesn’t have to be tethered to a powerful VR-ready PC to work. From what we know so far, it is hard to determine whether this will be a truly standalone virtual reality headset or whether it will still rely on a PC that it connects to wirelessly.
Valve is also scheduled to begin shipping Steam Deck in the next few months so it might also want to focus on the success of this device before it launches or reveals a new VR device. Still, it is plausible that Valve may want to build a new standalone headset.