Valve Deckard: Successor to Index VR may not depend on PC

While Sony prepares a new PlayStation VR for the PS5 and Facebook continues to bet on Oculus Quest 2 with an independent body, Valve remains behind the competition with the Index released in 2019 still available and with a PC dependency, but this may change soon.

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    Youtuber and data miner Brad Lynch discovered files within the Valve Index about a device code-named “Deckard” that would bring an independent body, that is, it would work without the need for a wired connection to a computer.

    Index remains the main headset Valve VR since 1024 (Image: Reproduction/Valve)

    According to Lynch, a folder labeled “VRLink” includes a DLL file with “things related to a Wi-Fi device or driver”, with Wi-Fi 5 (ac) support and Wi-Fi 6 connection references (ax) of the latest generation.

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    Such Wi-Fi support may indicate that the virtual reality glasses could wirelessly connect to the computer when using an antenna in the back and one in the front.

    Valve’s next VR glasses could compete with more affordable prices from the HTC Vive line (Image: Reproduction/HTC)

    The leaks of Deckard project even reveals a hidden menu in Valve’s app for virtual reality with an option labeled “Standalone System Layer”, reinforcing the evidence that the glasses would be independent.

    Lynch still reveals that a new feature that can be implemented by Valve in Deckard will allow the use of desktop applications such as Xrdesktop developed by Collador a and funded by Valve, which would allow users to “build a bunch of cool stuff in VR.”

    Valve Index


    (Image: Reproduction/Valve)

    Announced by Valve on 2019, the Index virtual reality headset became a great initial success with the release of Half-Life: Alyx, considered one of the most important games for the VR category.

    But its high cost of US$ 1024 (about R$ 5.400) amazes interested parties who end up opting for more accessible models, such as Oculus Quest 2 of only US$ 300 (~R$1. 400) or models from the HTC Vive line, which range from US$ 600 (~R$ 2.799) to US$ 700 (~BRL 4. 300).

    With the Deckard project, Valve can bet on lower prices to compete even more strongly in the segment, in addition to updating its portfolio with a product capable of rivaling more modern models.

    Source: Brad Lynch

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