Valve patent filing may reveal standalone headset

Patenting the valve design may reveal the rumored “Deckard” headset.

LED indicatorThe company’s $999 tethered PC virtual reality kit has now been on the market for nearly three years. It still has best-in-class sound and tracking quality, but the 1600 x 1440 resolution has been surpassed at both the low end with the Quest 2 and the high end with headphones like HTC’s Vive Pro 2 and Varjo Aero.

Evidence for a new headphone codenamed Deckard Discover In September by YouTuber Brad Lynch (sad) in the SteamVR driver. Deckard is Blade Runner’s protagonist nickname and possibly a reference to steam surface. Last year, when The Verge asked him directly if the Steam Deck chip could be used in a standalone VR headset, Valve product designer Greg Comer said It will “perform well in that environment” and “is very relevant to us and our future plans.” In February, Valve President Gabe Newell Steam Deck described as a “stepping stone” to high-performance standalone virtual reality, but note “we’re not there yet”.

Ars Technica said confiscation Valve confirmed that it has at least two VR headset concepts in the works that have diverged over time, one requiring a computer and tracking base stations while the other working autonomously with onboard computing like the Quest.

Evidence from Lynch indicates that Deckard is the standalone headphone. is found The “System Independent Layer” option in the “Valve Internal” hidden menu tab in SteamVR, as well as the Linux binary Deckard option that says it tells the device to boot into a default app. Valve’s Linux distribution is called SteamOS – which is what Steam Deck runs.

Lynch also noted that a driver called VRLink has been added to SteamVR with an icon indicating the Wi-Fi 6 driver, and that update actually broke some HTC Vive’s wireless settings temporarily. These results indicate that Deckard will have similar PC virtual reality streaming functionality to Quest’s Air Link and Virtual Desktop. New discovery from Lynch This week he suggests SteamVR will make it easier for Wi-Fi-equipped PCs to create a hotspot directly to the headset โ€” something Looks like Meta is planning to do a USB dongle.

today, A patent application for valve design It was presented in December with the title “Head Mounted Display” and announced by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It depicts a wireless headphone with a different design than the Index, but with a similar setup for the out-of-ear speaker and rear strap adjustment knob.

It is noticed that the front of the headset lacks any kind of detail. It does not show cameras or photodiodes that can be expected for positional tracking. That’s because this design patent filing actually seems to be focusing on him belt system The headset and its ability to adjust to different face and head shapes – the patent is not related to the technical design of the headset.

Despite this focus, there are hints in the patent text that the imaging may be standalone: โ€‹โ€‹”The belt may be coupled to a rear housing that is disposed at the rear of the HMD. The back shell may accommodate the various computing components of the HMD.” There is also a line supporting Lynch’s findings about wireless computer functionality: “In some cases, images may be output by an application or computer that is connected connected to the HMD.”

I noticed an Ars Technica article in September That Valve has begun to dedicate its manufacturing lines to its Steam Deck handheld console, he doubted that the company would also have the ability to ship a new stand-alone VR headset on a large scale in the near term given the ongoing global chip shortage. But nine months later, Steam Deck is now shipped. Could Valve Get Closer To Revealing Its Next Devices?