Steam Deck is a “stepping stone” to Standalone VR – Road to VR
Steam Deck is a "stepping stone" to Standalone VR – Highway to VR 4

Steam Deck, Valve’s handheld gaming PC that launched late final month, doesn’t actually have the horsepower able to enjoying SteamVR video games, though Valve chief Gabe Newell calls it a “stepping stone” to what might in the future be Valve standalone VR headset.

In an interview revealed in Edge Journal’s newest difficulty (through UploadVR), Newell had this to say when requested about how essential Steam Deck was to VR:

“One of many issues [Steam Deck] represents is battery-capable, high-performance horsepower that finally you would use in VR purposes as properly. You possibly can take the PC and construct one thing that’s far more transportable. We’re probably not there but, however it is a stepping stone.”

Regardless of being largely a black field, Valve has been pretty clear with its curiosity in standalone VR. Again at Steam Deck’s hands-on occasion in August, Valve stated Deck’s customized AMD processor might be utilized in such a mission.

“We’re not able to say something about [a standalone VR headset], however [Steam Deck’s hardware] would run properly in that surroundings, with the TDP mandatory… it’s very related to us and our future plans,” Valve’s Greg Coomer stated.

It’s additionally filed patents for primarily wi-fi and standalone variations of its Index PC VR headset, making it fairly clear that Valve is greater than interested in making its personal standalone.

Within the meantime, you could be stunned to be taught that SteamVR video games aren’t marked ‘Deck Verified’, and it’s for good purpose. Deck’s hardware can run ‘AAA’ PC video games at its native show decision of 1,280 × 800 at no larger than 60Hz.

Meta’s Quest 2 however was purpose-built to run a library of VR video games at three,664 × 1,920 (in 3D), and at a minimal of 72Hz. In contrast to SteamVR video games, Quest’s video games are specifically optimized from the ground-up to hit particular efficiency benchmarks, after which gut-checked by Meta earlier than they’re launched on the primary retailer.

Steam Deck is undoubtedly serving to to higher place Valve as a severe hardware producer, so the “stepping stone” analogy makes a great deal of sense since Deck clearly isn’t a plug-and-play resolution for PC VR customers in search of a cell gaming rig.

Tech analyst and YouTuber Brad Lynch revealed proof of the interior naming scheme ‘Deckard’ which can level to a standalone headset prototype presently within the works. Lynch has uncovered mounting proof in subsequent releases of SteamVR too, so we’ll have our eyes peeled within the coming months now that Steam Deck is within the fingers of extra folks and the corporate pushes additional updates.

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