Valve Might Be Working On A Standalone VR Headset To Compete With The Oculus Quest 2
Valve is one of the largest companies that appears to be heavily focused on VR content. They already have their dedicated VR headset called Valve Index for PC VR games and together with that they also created a full half-life game just for VR. This time around, it seems like they’re working on a standalone VR headset that doesn’t require a PC to play games like the Oculus Quest 2.
Several rumors suggest that the device, code-named “Deckard”, was found in Valve’s SteamVR code. It contains a “Proof of Concept” version that was last updated in June. The code string also mentions the term “standalone” which means a standalone VR headset, in addition to a code string that implies that Deckard has internal processing power like a standalone VR headset would, which means that the headset would work without tethering to any other device like a computer.
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Along with these rumors, many people have also confirmed Deckard through their own sources, stating that the information that was reported on was factual, but just regarding products that Valve currently manufactured at its headquarters you will not always get a retail version.
We assume that it will be very similar to the virtual reality headset, the Index, released by Valve back in 2019. However, because this headset requires external sensors and a PC to function, it wasn’t ideal for many people. This standalone VR headset is interesting as the company is also currently working on its first handheld gaming device, Steam Deck. On the FAQ page of the Steam Deck it is clearly mentioned that the headset can be connected to a VR headset, but the handheld is “not optimized for VR games”. Valve can also make this headset a good combination of both hardware components.