Virtual reality technology is advancing by leaps and bounds, in order to explore a new dimension to enjoy video games. Both PlayStation and HTC are working on their new VR peripherals and accessories, but Valve has not stood idly by.
2020 was a very good year for the company, which achieved great success with its peripheral Valve Index and the excellent Half-Life: Alyx, which took advantage of all its benefits and was nominated for many awards for Best game of the year. Apparently, according to this patent, the company is already working on news for Valve Index …
Although we do not know if it is an accessory (as in the case of HTC) or the successor of Valve Index, this new patent sheds new details of Valve’s future in virtual reality. We can see a new wireless viewfinder, with antenna and equipped with eye tracking, which ensures a greater capture of facial movement.
The finding has been discovered on the website of Freepatentsonline, and at the moment we can only see an image that details these news. The absence of cables and the inclusion of eye tracking are its main attractions, following the line of HTC, which a week ago presented its face accessories for HTC Vive.
Another important novelty is that this new viewer includes an adjustable strap in the back of the head, that could improve the ergonomics of Valve Index. In addition, it is fixed an antenna and the aforementioned eye tracking, without forgetting the controls, which may be quite similar to those of the current model.
Everything indicates that we are before the first steps of Valve Index 2, quite a logical move given that PlayStation is already working on its PS VR Next Gen peripheral for PS5. Although, as we have said, we cannot rule out that be it an accessory for the current Valve Index model.
Are you users of Valve Index? If so, tell us how are you? your experience with the peripheral, and what would you improve for a successor to Valve’s VR viewer. And of course we are looking forward to another new Half-Life installment soon.