Valve first-party VR headset pictures possibly leaked

A Reddit thread has surfaced with pictures of a new virtual reality HMD.

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Valve is a super secretive company. They spend most of their time counting money from Steam profits, but there are some people in the world who still believe there are people at the company working on new and cool things. Valve founder Gabe Newell has been a huge supporter of virtual reality development and the company has done a number of partnerships in the space, most notably the collaboration with HTC on their Vive products. One thing that has been great for Valve is shifting the risk of profit and loss on hardware to partners, much like Steam machines. Today, some rumors have surfaced that Valve is making their own virtual reality head-mounted display. Please take a look at these pictures.

Some of these materials are similar to Valve's Knuckle controller prototypes.
Some of these materials are similar to Valve's Knuckle controller prototypes.
There is definitely some resemblance to Vive Pro, but there are enough differences to raise suspicions that this is a new HMD.
There is definitely some resemblance to Vive Pro, but there are enough differences to raise suspicions that this is a new HMD.
One has to wonder if Valve is just prototyping some stuff that they wanted to test out.
One has to wonder if Valve is just prototyping some stuff that they wanted to test out.
It says Valve right there.
It says Valve right there.

Reddit users have posted some ideas in the Vive subreddit about what this mythical product could have under the hood. One key takeaway is that this device does not look anything like the Oculus Quest, Vive Pro, or Vive Focus VR HMDs. There is a Valve logo on the PCB, and as Reddit user shoneysbreakfast points out, "it has LH sensors, a guide for a cable. This is a PC HMD. It has a Valve PCB inside that does not come from a Vive or Vive Pro. The padding matches the Knuckles padding. It has a slot in the front with USB port for some type of add-on." Other posters suggest that the USB port could be for adding on a Leap Motion device. 

What do you think, Shackers? Is this leak as bogus as a Half Life 3 confirmation? Do you think Valve is willing to take the financial risk of making their own VR headset? Let us know in the comments section and keep it locked on Shacknews as this story develops.

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    November 9, 2018 5:45 PM

    Asif Khan posted a new article, Valve first-party VR headset pictures possibly leaked

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      November 9, 2018 5:47 PM

      HL3 VR confirmed!

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        November 9, 2018 5:55 PM

        It would be a day one pre order from me

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          November 9, 2018 6:09 PM

          Only way I'd be interested in vr tbh

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      November 9, 2018 7:17 PM

      Those eye holes. look larger than others.

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      November 9, 2018 7:24 PM

      Oh god why are they still chasing VR

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        November 9, 2018 7:24 PM

        Please throw all of those in the dumpster with the steam machines

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        November 9, 2018 7:36 PM

        who do you think made the htc vive

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          November 9, 2018 7:36 PM

          HTC?

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            November 9, 2018 7:39 PM

            yeah they developed it with valve you noob https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTC_Vive

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              November 9, 2018 7:40 PM

              Yes I understand that. But why does valve still care when it is clear that no one else really does

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                November 9, 2018 8:44 PM

                Valve + Facebook + Sony = no one?

                Plus all the AR stuff from Microsoft and Apple.

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                November 9, 2018 9:01 PM

                I think they're probably willing to make an investment that many publishers would not for the sake of treading new ground. They've recently mentioned that they've envied Nintendo for being able to develop hardware that specifically gives them the gameplay experience they want to deliver. I think chances are good they've got something substantial worth delivering from a VR perspective. We'll see if they actually deliver it...

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                November 9, 2018 9:09 PM

                until they unleash halflife3 VR-only :O :O :O. I think they said they had 3 vr games in development, its a chicken and egg problem still where we need software to make vr compelling

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                  November 9, 2018 9:11 PM

                  I think VR needs some pretty big tech advances, not games, to make it compelling. Oculus is probably going more in the right direction. Standalone, inside out tracking.

                  I mean you can’t even look at your phone while wearing a headset! That isn’t going to work in 2018

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                November 9, 2018 9:22 PM

                VR definitely still has a place in the simulation market. It's a complete game changer for things like racing and flight sims. I genuinely hope it doesn't die. I really, really want something with a higher resolution and wider FOV. I definitely don't give a flying fuck about the more accessible mobile based vr trash that Oculus seems to be chasing.

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                November 10, 2018 5:49 AM

                there are a lot of people that care about VR. it's going to be in its nascent stages for a long time, though

                think how long touchscreens (specifically the capacitive kind) were around before they were literally everywhere.

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                November 10, 2018 6:49 AM

                you don’t have a clue

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                November 10, 2018 10:57 AM

                PSVR allegedly sold pretty well.

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        November 9, 2018 11:02 PM

        Cos its a medium where you can author actual human experiences - thats crazy-ass shit.

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        November 10, 2018 6:38 AM

        Because it's awesome.

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      November 9, 2018 7:25 PM

      Lenses so big they have to have a cutout for the nose. Know what else has a cutout for my nose? Oh right my ACTUAL VISION. Now we're fucking talking. This could be some bitchin good VR.

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        November 10, 2018 5:19 AM

        It’s like the pimax 5K with the huge lenses and that is a 200deg hmd

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          November 10, 2018 11:16 AM

          Nah these pictures are just like Vive but bigger. The Pimax is nuts, the whole inside is basically the two lenses. Here's a Pimax and Vive comparison
          http://forum.pimaxvr.com/uploads/default/original/2X/f/f4b3b71e5cce275c82dae4c3772227bb222fd36f.jpg
          That 200 degrees is diagonal, the horizontal is 170. Pimax also lets you reduce FOV to 150 and 120, with reviewers recommending 150 for better performance without giving up too much FOV.
          There is an article quoting an anonymous source saying these Valve ones are 135. That's not super far behind a Pimax at 150 and a fantastic improvement over all other headsets. Even that fancy Oculus prototype did only 140, and that's dead in the water now.

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        November 10, 2018 9:10 AM

        The current Vive lenses already do this :)

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      November 9, 2018 8:56 PM

      Valve prototypes internally so I don't see this as much different than they've already done so far?