A new patent that was submitted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office by the Valve Corporation reveals an abstract and blueprints of a rumored new virtual reality headset that is similar to the Meta Quest and Quest 2.
The patent was submitted in December of 2021 and was published on June 16, 2022. The 53-page document includes an abstract describing the physical product and images of the headsets’ components. The product is not named, but it does have a title of “Head-Mounted Display.”
Valve VR Headset Patent (June 2022)
The abstract describes the product as having “a front having a display housing and a back having rear housing. A first member extends between the front and the back and is adjustable via an actuation of a first rotatable actuator and a first cabling mechanism.
“A second member extends between the front and the back and is adjustable via an actuation of a second rotatable actuator and a second cabling mechanism. A third member extends between the front and back and is adjustable via the actuation of the second rotatable actuator and a third cabling mechanism. ”
As with most patents, the abstract serves as more of a typed-out blueprint than a description of the product itself, but the images could hint at what a potential new VR headset from Valve could look like.
In 2019, Valve released the Index, its most recent VR device. As previously mentioned, rumors have long been swirling that the company is working on another device – a standalone headset code-named “Deckard,” which would compete with the Meta Quest and Quest 2.
As reported by IGN in 2021, YouTuber Brad Lynch (SadlyItsBradley) found multiple references to a device codenamed “Deckard” inside Valve’s SteamVR code. Lynch noted that the information he found indicates multiple iterations of the headset exist, including a “proof of concept” version, which was last updated in June.
Ars Technica had confirmed those details as fact, but only in terms of products that Valve was currently making from within its headquarters, adding that these products do not always get a retail release.
As with this patent, it’s important to note that this is not a product release confirmation, but it can be inferred that Valve has something in the works. Whether it’ll hit store shelves remains to be seen.
Diego Ramos Bechara is a freelance writer at IGN.