Valve Deckard: A Powerful BEAST Arrives!

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘The Valve Deckard is COMING! And It’s a BEAST!!’ by Virtual Chap

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Valve is developing the Deckard, a revolutionary standalone VR headset with inside-out tracking, SteamOS, eye-tracking, and potential for PC gaming, resembling the Steam Deck and the Valve Index, possibly priced at £1000 and releasing in 2024.

Key Insights

  • Valve is working on their next VR headset called the "Valve Deck".
  • The Deckard is expected to revolutionize virtual reality and the digital realm.
  • There were two paths considered during development: a Lighthouse-based PC VR headset and a standalone inside-out tracking headset similar to the Quest.
  • Leaks suggest that the Deckard will be a standalone headset utilizing an x86 AMD APU, indicating the inside-out tracking route.
  • The Deckard will run a variation of SteamOS similar to the one on the Steam Deck.
  • Eye-tracking is expected to be included, potentially enabling foveated rendering for improved performance.
  • The Deckard might allow playing 2D Steam games in VR, attracting all PC users.
  • It could potentially function as a fully working PC.
  • Speculated specifications include rear-mounted power source, dual 4K Micro OLED displays, remodeled controllers with inside-out tracking, and similarities to the Valve Index and the Vision Pro.
  • Price and release date are unknown, but it might cost around £1000 and release in 2024.

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Valve, the creators of Team Fortress, Left 4 Dead, Half-Life, and Portal, the designers of the Steam Deck, and the innovators of the Valve Index, which still holds its position as one of the best VR headsets to date, is working on their next headset. This new headset has the potential to revolutionize not only virtual reality but the entire digital realm. In this video, we will discuss everything we know about the Valve Deck.

Let’s start by understanding what the Valve Deck is. While we are familiar with the Index, known for its solid performance and tracking using a combination of a 120Hz display and reliable Lighthouse tracking, the industry has progressed since then. The Index can be considered a Gen 2 headset with full 6DoF movement, but standalone VR devices have become more prominent. The information presented here mostly comes from Bradley, who has proven to be the most accurate leaker. During the early days of Deckard’s development, Valve created prototypes to explore two paths: one based on Lighthouse tracking for PC VR and the other resembling the Quest, utilizing inside-out tracking and its own dedicated processing.

According to recent leaks, the Deckard will use an x86 AMD APU, a powerful component for its size, indicating a standalone device rather than a PC VR headset. This suggests that Valve is likely heading down the standalone inside-out tracking path. Initially, there were challenges in achieving inside-out tracking comparable to the Quest’s, but years have passed since then. Leak reports also mention that the Deckard will run a variation of SteamOS similar to that of the Steam Deck, a mobile gaming device. These leaks, along with other information, suggest that Valve is using the Deck to perfect systems for standalone PC VR, capable of playing any SteamVR game without the need for a PC.

One potential concern regarding this approach is performance. The Deck runs at a lower resolution than the optimal VR experience, and the framerate may not be comfortable. However, eye tracking could play a crucial role in overcoming these limitations. Leak references to Deckard eye tracking indicate that foveated rendering, which utilizes eye tracking to render only a small portion of the screen in high detail, may be implemented. By reducing the resolution of the rest of the screen, potentially up to 80%, without the user noticing, performance can be greatly increased. The Quest Pro has already demonstrated a performance increase of up to 52% using eye tracking, but there is even more potential to achieve up to 5 times the performance with further advancements.

Valve has a reputation for getting things right, and perfecting foveated rendering would be a game-changer. Just imagine the power of a Steam Deck with 5 times the performance. This is how standalone PC VR could become a reality. Recent leaks imply that the Valve Deckard will offer more than just standalone PC VR. The key here is PC compatibility. Leaks about the new VR operating systems mention reflections and dynamic lighting of 2D window interfaces, enabling the entire Steam library, a vast collection of PC games, to be played inside VR. This goes beyond imagination.

The Valve Index primarily appeals to VR users, but with full PC Steam capabilities, the Deckard could attract all PC users. Personally, I would love to have a VR headset capable of playing 2D Steam games anywhere. Moreover, the Steam Deck has the potential to be a fully functional desktop PC. If the Valve Deckard runs a similar version of Steam as the Deck, it could be a headset that acts as a working PC, similar to the Vision Pro. If all of this is true, the Valve Deckard would undoubtedly be on everyone’s wishlist.

However, it’s important to note that all of this information may seem too good to be true. Just a few more leaks regarding specifications mention the power source being attached to the rear, similar to the Pro, and the presence of dual 4K Micro OLED displays, a direction possibly influenced by the Vision Pro. The controllers also seem to have undergone a redesign, with leaked patents showcasing the inclusion of IR rings for inside-out tracking. Hopefully, Valve retains the functionality of the Valve Knuckles, which many consider to be among the best VR controllers.

Speculating on price and release date is challenging as we currently have no information. Considering the features, it is unlikely that the Valve Deckard will cost less than £1000, possibly closer to the original price of the Quest Pro at £1500. As for the release date, 2024 seems like a reasonable estimate, as Valve’s secretive nature as a private company allows them to keep their plans under wraps. Sooner would be welcome, but only time will tell when the headset will be available.

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This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘The Valve Deckard is COMING! And It’s a BEAST!!’ by Virtual Chap