Valve may be working on a new VR headset. A YouTuber has discovered evidence of a device with the working title Deckard in the SteamVR source code and in a patent. This will be a standalone VR headset, but there are no details.
Youtube Discover Brad Lynch Headphone prompts after tip. He found those clues in the SteamVR source code. Meanwhile, sources within Valve Attached to Ars Technica That the company is already working on a headset internally, but it’s not yet clear if that will lead to a product that should eventually make it to the store. The headset is internally called Deckard. The first indications of this have been in the public branches of the SteamVR source code since January. It is said that Valve has implemented at least three different proofs of concept since January.
Not much information is known about the headset, but there are strong indications that it is a standalone headset that can also be connected to a computer without wires. This may be evidenced by the fact that the icon indicates a WiFi 6 adapter with two antennas. Valve was to file a patent in 2020 for a headset whose antennas would be on both the front and back of the headset. This will be a standalone headset that will allow users to turn their heads without losing connection quickly.
The SteamVR code also talks about an option for a “self-contained layer”. At least in the past, according to Ars Technica sources, Valve has tried two types of new headphones, one that works with a wireless connection to a computer, but also a headset with its own processor like the Oculus Quest. This headset will also take advantage of the Quest’s ‘Indoor Out Tracking’. The company will struggle to make this process work properly on the new headset. So it is not clear if and when the Deckard headset will go into production.
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