Behind the scenes: Valve devices have been around for a long time. In addition to the upcoming Steam Deck PC launch, the company is said to be working behind the scenes on a standalone VR headset. It remains to be seen if this device will actually become a retail product.
YouTuber Brad Lynch found references to the encrypted product "Deckard" in the Valve Lighthouse driver file, dating back to January. In its June update, Valve added the name POC-C to the reference and provided a third proof of concept modification. Such a quick review could indicate that Valve is investing a lot of time and effort into the project, but the current situation seems to indicate something else (at another moment). Lynch also noted two new entries in Valve's internal menu: Prism and Standalone System Layer. It is not known at this time what he will do after leaving the position. The information is legal in nature "at least in terms of products made on the premises of Valve". But whether or not these products will ever be shown is a different story.
Valve has a history of designing and prototyping projects that were eventually destroyed before they were even offered. But perhaps the biggest hurdle for the new VR headset is timing. Valve is currently working on Steam Deck, and judging by the estimated ship date, it's very late. The constant shortage of chips certainly isn't helping, and the initial demand for Steam Deck isn't helping either. So why is Valve trying so hard to build a standalone VR headset right now?
It looks like Valve is working on a standalone VR headset