2020 was a watershed second for VR gaming, with the discharge of Half-Life: Alyx and the Valve Index dramatically reshaping discussions on what components make the very best VR video games on PC and what the very best VR headset to play them on are. These conversations on all issues digital actuality could also be in for one more radical shift as current reviews recommend that it received’t be lengthy till the subsequent stage in Valve’s imaginative and prescient for VR is revealed.

Through a mixture of data mining SteamVR’s publicly out there branches and months of monitoring Valve’s patents, YouTuber Brad Lynch has uncovered a number of references to what could possibly be a new standalone VR headset from Valve, codenamed ‘Deckard’, full with built-in wireless performance. ArsTechnica has acquired additional affirmation from its personal sources that this info is “legitimate” however doesn’t essentially imply that these merchandise will make it previous the event stage.

Lynch’s findings recommend that the Deckard headset has the power to entry a new ‘Valve internal menu’ with new SteamVR choices entitled ‘prism’ and ‘standalone system layer.’ There’s no additional particulars on both of those choices however Lynch has additionally found data inside SteamVR which may point out a kind of onboard processing constructed into the headset fairly than it sending calls to a gaming PC.

It’s unlikely we’ll see any substantial information from Valve on its Deckard VR headset anytime quickly, with the corporate prioritising its assets to the discharge of its new Steam Deck. Valve describes it as “the most powerful gaming handheld in the world” with current leaked benchmarks probably confirming Valve’s earlier claims that it ought to have the ability to run each Steam game at a minimal of 30fps.

The Steam Deck could possibly be probably the greatest handheld gaming PCs available on the market regardless of the likes of the Onexplayer 1S offering stiff competitors. Its affect shall be felt on the very best gaming PCs too because the Steam Deck UI replaces the present Big Picture mode on Valve’s Steam consumer.