Valve VR patent stirs up fresh hopes about rumored standalone Deckard headset - The Verge
Is Valve working on a new VR headset? Rumors have long swirled about a standalone device dubbed "Deckard." Now, a new VR headset patent from Valve gives the pot a stir.
Valve’s most recent VR headset was 2019’s high-powered, high-priced Valve Index. But rumors have long been swirling that the company is working on another device — a standalone headset code-named “Deckard.” Well, here to give that rumor-pot a fresh stir is a recently-published patent application from the company that could reveal Deckard itself.
Of course, the usual caveats apply: patents are patents, not product roadmaps. And the language used within applications likes this are so purposefully broad as to resist much close-reading.
But the images — ah, the images — they do tell a story. Or at least, they give your imagination enough leeway to tell a story of its own, about the perfect standalone VR headset built by Valve itself. Perhaps. You can judge for yourself below:
The rear of the headset.
Another rear-side view.
A top down view of the headset.
The face gasket for the headset’s screen.
It’s probably not wise to think of these images as the rough draft of a Deckard headset. In fact, the bulk of the patent’s written portion is concerned (in some detail) with the device’s headstrap, and how exactly users can tighten and loosen it for the optimum fit. If you felt like a bit of idle speculation, you might compare this focus on fit to complaints that the Index was notably bulky, but prioritizing comfort is hardly surprising for a VR headset.