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Valve’s most recent VR headset was the powerful, expensive Valve Index of 2019. But the company has long been rumored to be working on another device: a standalone headset. code name “Deckard.” Well, here to shake up that rumor pot again is a recently published one company patent application Deckard himself might reveal that.

Of course, the usual caveats apply: patents are patents, not product roadmaps. And the language used in such applications is so purposefully broad that it withstands a lot of close reading.

But the images – well, the images – do tell a story. Or at least, they give your imagination enough space to tell a story of your own, about the perfect standalone VR headset built by Valve itself. Perhaps. You can judge for yourself below:

The back of the headphones.

Another side view from behind.

An overhead view of the headset.

The face pack for the headset screen

It’s probably not wise to think of these images as the rough draft of a Deckard headset. In fact, most of the written portion of the patent (in some detail) deals with the device’s headband, and how exactly users can tighten and loosen it for the optimal fit. If you fancy a bit of idle speculation, you could equate this focus on fit with complaints that the Index was remarkably bulky, but prioritizing comfort isn’t surprising for a VR headset.

More notable, perhaps, is the latest round of data-mined leaks about Deckard, extracted from official code by Brad Lynch, a YouTuber who has followed Deckard’s development as diligently as, well, a bounty hunter hunting a replicant.

In a recent youtube video, Lynch pulled some Deckard-coded dev tools and the like from the latest SteamVR beta, suggesting that Valve is pretty far along in producing whatever this new headset may turn out to be. And with the recent launch of the Steam Deck showing that Valve can still surprise, surprise (and frustrate) with its hardware efforts, Deckard itself may be really getting closer. View this space.

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