When it comes to Valve, there is nothing that says what happens behind their Bellevue, Washington doors. As one of…
When it comes to Valve, there is nothing that says what happens behind their Bellevue, Washington doors. As one of the most recurring developers of both games and hardware, it goes twice for its efforts in VR. Now, reported images of what seem to be a never-before-seen Valve headset have been revealed, and it really looks like part of a next gene device.
With only the pictures to continue for now, it’s not clear exactly what we’re looking at, it’s a definite next step in Valve’s VR strategy or an iterative step along with the way.
The images were detected by the Reddit user’s 2flock in an Imgur album containing a number of images describing a stack of VR headsets that block open PCBs embedded with the Valve logo.
Image courtesy 2flock
Another beautiful Redditor, using shoneysbreakfast, points out that the headset could execute some smart integrated SteamVR sensors, the type found on HTC Vive, Vive Pro and Pimax “8K”. They are difficult to cope with, but they are barely visible as muted pressure in the upper lip of the headset in the image above.
Image with permission 2flock
A pronounced front cover can also be seen containing what appears to be a USB port for what could be an add-on device. Padded headlights also seem to match what was found on Valve’s latest Knuckles steering projector.
A remarkably large pair of lenses can mean that the headset is intended to give users a wider field of view (FOV) than the HTC Vive’s 110 degrees FOV. A small flare to the outer edge of the headset front also indicates a larger screen to match. A guide for a cable can be seen, mark it as a VR headset designed for use with computers.
Two camera sensors adorn the front of the headset, which may mean that it has some form of optical tracking on board, although it is thought to be traced through SteamVR base stations, it is possible that the sensors can be used for AR , or even hand tracking.
Integrated sound can also be seen as HTC’s Vive Pro. The main stage is also very similar to Vive Pro.
There are no readable markings on the headset, but indicate a manufacturer, so there is no information about which company was charged with the manufacture of the device. The lack of branding and large amounts of headsets can also suggest that it is an early development package or prototype in the late stage.
This story breaks. We will update when more information comes in.