Valve VR’s patent raises new hopes for rumors about Deckard stand-alone headphones

Valve’s latest VR headphones were from 2019 high power and expensive Valve Index. But there have long been rumors that the company is working on another device – standalone headphones with code name Deckard. Well, here to stir up the new rumor, it was recently published patent application from the company this can be revealed by Deckard himself.

Of course, the usual caveats apply: patents are patents, not roadmaps for products. And the language used in applications like this is so purposefully wide that it can withstand very careful reading.

But the images – ah, the images – they really tell a story. Or at least they give your imagination enough leeway to tell your own story perfect standalone VR headphones created by Valve itself. perhaps. You can judge for yourself below:

The back of the handset.

Another rear view.

Top down view of the headphones.

The face seal for the headphone screen.

It’s probably not wise to think of these images as rough drafts of Deckard headphones. In fact, most of the written part of the patent relates (in some details) to the headband of the device and how exactly users can tighten and loosen it for an optimal fit. If you feel like a bit of empty speculation, you can compare this focus on compliance with the complaints that the index is particularly voluminous, but prioritizing comfort is hardly surprising for VR headphones.

Perhaps more notable is the latest round of data leaks about Deckard, extracted from the official code by Brad Lynch, YouTuber, who monitors Deckard’s development as diligently as a bounty hunter chasing a replicant.

IN recent video on YouTubeLynch pulled a number of Deckard-encoded developer tools and the like from SteamVR’s latest beta, suggesting that Valve is a long way from producing whatever this new handset turns out to be. And with the recent release of Steam Deck, it proves that Valve still can surprise, delight (and disappointment) with his hardware efforts, maybe Deckard himself is really getting closer. Watch this space.

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