New VR Headset Sounds Like Quest 2 But Without The Icky Facebook Stuff

Steam’s parent company, Valve, is creating a VR headset which looks like it’ll compete against the Oculus Quest 2 system.

This isn’t the first time that Valve, the company behind Steam, has stepped into the VR space. Back in 2019 it released the Valve Index (why does this sound like a plumbing catalogue to me?). It’s been acclaimed for its accuracy – but it’s a lot of kit. 

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As well as the headset and controllers you need ‘base stations’ to track your movement. You can get a starter kit which includes the headset, two controllers and two base stations for £919.00 – and you can add another base station for more range and accuracy.

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In contrast, the Oculus Quest 2 is an ‘all-in-one’ system, and costs from £299. It comes with the headset and two controllers. The catch? The Quest 2 requires a Facebook account to be logged in at all times. Naturally, this rubbed a lot of people the wrong way.

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Valve Vs Oculus

But it looks like Valve’s follow up VR system will do what the Quest 2 does as an all-in-one machine but without the icky Facebook DRM, according to reporting in TheGamer. The story was broken by YouTuber, SadleyItsBradley:

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He dug into Valve’s files and found a project code named ‘Deckard’ (loving the Blade Runner reference) which appears to be a follow up to Valve’s Index.

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Will Valve’s new VR system be more affordable and accessible? Will it surpass Facebook’s Oculus systems? Only time will tell.

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Featured Image Credit: Valve