Valve seems to be working on yet another hardware device, but what exactly it is remains a mystery. South Korean government A new device from Valve Corporation was recently registered (Through Brad Lynch or X) with designation “1030”.
For reference, the Valve Index VR headset has a “1007” designation from the company, while the Steam Deck gaming laptop has a “1010” designation. The translated listing states that the product is a “low power specific wireless device”.
So what is that? PC gamer It is speculated that the device could be a standalone version of the Valve Index VR product. He notes that the same South Korean government regulatory site also has a listing for the upcoming Meta Quest 3 headset, which should arrive this fall for $499.99. the registration Showcasing the same “low power wireless device” specification as the Valve mystery device.
Until now, Valve has been its usual secretive self in terms of its plans for future hardware products. Although virtual reality headsets have yet to become a mainstream tech device, Valve has managed to create a new sub-category of gaming PCs with the Steam Deck. It might be able to do it again for VR headsets as well.
While Valve has had big sales and critical success with the Steam Deck, other hardware products from the game developer and digital store owner of Steam PC games have fallen flat. Its attempt to compete with Microsoft’s Windows desktop with its Steam Machines initiative quickly fell apart due to low sales.
Similarly, the launch of the Steam Controller alongside the Steam Machines failed. Valve’s attempt to replace the usual analog joysticks with a game controller with trackpads, while certainly innovative, did not catch on with gamers. It stopped production of the cattle in 2019, just four years after it was launched in 2015.