Valve already produced a virtual reality headset three years ago with the Index, but a new product is on the way.
The Valve company launched the Index, a virtual reality headset for PC, three years ago. The product is still available today in stores for just under €1,000. But for 36 months, the sector has developed greatly. Valve is producing in greater numbers and recently the company posted a job advertisement.
The company said it was looking for a qualified person to “support and ship” a new VR headset. It was enough to revive the rumors about a new product from the brand. Already at the origin of the Steam Deck (a portable game console), Valve has managed to make its place in the world of video games, especially on PC.
A rather sober patent
Already in May 2021, the CEO of the company assured that it was necessary to ” big investments in new helmets. A promise that seems to have been kept when a patent, filed by the company, has just been made public. The latter focuses mainly on the technique used to hold the straps to game controllers. In this patent named ” Electronic controller with linear hand strap adjustment“, Valve gives some information on what could be its next virtual reality headset.
The brand explains in particular that the product would also be detectable thanks to the helmet worn by the player, but also thanks to a series of “stationary tracking beacons” which would be positioned around the user according to the firm’s own words. Note that a very similar patent had already been made public last June without Valve speaking about it.
Valve Index: an aging VR headset
Today the Index, the only virtual reality headset produced by the brand, is one of the most advanced products on the market. Despite its advanced age for a new technology product, the helmet still has one of the most powerful and precise audio systems. The biggest black spot of this product remains on its screen with an image resolution of “only” 1600×1440 per eye. A figure that has now been exceeded by the Meta Quest 2 and the PICO 4.
Competing against billion-dollar companies like Meta, Valve, founded in 1996, tries to compete as much as possible. For the moment no official announcement has been made by Valve to announce the arrival of a new virtual reality headset, but “Deckard(its internal code name) could hit the market sometime in 2023.