New patents and lines of code on Deckard, Valve's wireless viewer
Analyst Brad Lynch says he has found new clues in SteamVR updates about Valve’s plans to release the successor VR viewer to Index. This device known as Valve Deckard will be able to connect to a PC without cables, and there are new patents registered that could give us clues about what its characteristics would be.
Apparently, the latest beta version of a SteamVR update contains numerous references about Valve Deckard, and Brad Lynch even claims to have found indications that a video has already been made for its presentation, which could be imminent, this very summer. At that event, this new viewer and version 2.0 of SteamVR with functions such as a new theater mode to watch 3D videos or play in cinema mode would be announced.
Between the lines of code there are references to two new systems in the SteamVR configuration, very similar to the Steam Deck menus, one of them would be for the SteamOS operating system, based on Linux.
Terms such as (Standalone System Layer) or VRLink appear in the code, the latter being the Wi-Fi 6 controller of the wireless transmission, that is, the Air Link or Virtual Desktop from Valve Deckard. The new viewer could be connected wirelessly to a PC, yes, but also by cable and making use of external base stations.
There are also references to the possibility that users can configure “internet access points” to connect Valve Deckard. A calibration system called XRService is also mentioned that would be related to the new tracking through cameras and additional augmented reality functions.
Lynch also mentions having found indications that this device could optionally work with two chip systems, that a corresponding hardware extension to an x86 located at the back of the head could be connected. This chip would share the work with an ARM located in the front.
As for the drawings of the new patents registered in the United States by Valve for a new “Head Mounted Display”, they look like the ones we already knew and the current Index viewer (same audio system). These seem to be focused on a new head restraint design, with spaces to house hardware components (perhaps the wireless module) and in a different facial, which suggests that we could have a higher FOV, although this is already speculation by Brad Lynch.