Valve is already planning a Steam Deck 2, and, during an interview about this future device, Gabe Newell, the co-founder and president of Valve, said that some kind of VR capability may make its way to the Steam Deck. Beyond the Steam Deck itself, the technology powering the handheld console might enable Valve to offer a wireless VR headset akin to Meta’s Oculus Quest 2. Back in August of last year, Greg Coomer, a product designer at Valve, answered a question about whether the Steam Deck’s custom APU might appear in a standalone VR headset by saying, “We’re not ready to say anything about it, but it would run well in that environment, with the TDP necessary … it’s very relevant to us and our future plans.”
Nonetheless, the images and descriptions seem to point to a possible wireless headset. The overall design depicted in the images looks pretty similar to Valve’s current wired VR headset, the Valve Index. However, where the Index is open in the back, the design depicted in the patent application includes a rear housing. In regards to this additional component, one of the descriptions reads, “The harness may couple to a rear housing disposed at the back of the HMD. The rear housing may accommodate various computing components of the HMD.Another section of the document (PDF) says that possible components could include both a battery and processors.
This same analyst previously found evidence in SteamVR software that Valve’s next generation VR headset is currently codenamed “Deckard.” Deckard is the last name of the protagonist in the sci-fi novel, later adapted into a movie, Blade Runner. The name also includes “Deck,” potentially indicating that the headset will indeed be powered by the Steam Deck’s custom APU.
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