'Fake’ Valve VR headset dents our Half-Life revival hopes

'Fake’ Valve VR headset dents our Half-Life revival hopes
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Written by 

Joseph Kime


15th Feb 2024 10:45

The VR world has recently got a lot bigger, but maybe that's good for the industry. Apple recently unleashed its Apple Vision Pro headset on the world (and by the world, we mean the wealthy and tech YouTubers), and its capabilities are impressive if held behind an extortionate paywall.

It has raised the question in the real world, though - if VR can be this useful to us, why aren't we all paying more attention to the things it can do? Even so, VR has stayed a big but secluded part of gaming, with titles like Asgard's Wrath 2 and Half-Life: Alyx proving their capabilities in the immersive space.

Now, rumours have begun to swirl that indicate new companies are trying to get in on the game - but one recent example has been proven to be little more than a hoax.

Sorry, Valve's VR headset is fake

New rumours have reared their head online and indicate that Valve could be working on a brand-new step into VR, all by itself, after the success of the Steam Deck. Sadly, it looks as though they've already been proven to be fake.

The rumours pointed to a "Valve Prism" as a device that was expected to be a standalone VR headset with 5nm AMD Zen4 APU and RDNA3 GPU. It apparently came packed with 512GB and 1TB of storage space for $1,299 and $1,499, respectively.

Valve has proved it can produce some truly next-level experiences in the world of VR, while its Steam Deck success means a leap into the hardware world isn't entirely beyond the realm of possibility. Still, it looks like the leaked Half-Life game found in CS2 files won't be coming to native VR hardware.

SteamDB creator debunks Valve Prism

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Though no hard proof has been offered to fans, the creator of SteamDB has come forward to suggest that the headset itself doesn't actually exist. Pavel Djundik merely alludes to the headset, using a triangle in a tweet to indicate that the Prism is fake, with a very succinct post.

Without any evidence it's hard to tell, but fans trust Djundik's word as he has a pretty strong familiarity with the backend of Steam and its indications. Believe what you like, but as far as we can tell, the Valve Prism was never real to begin with. At least we don't have to gear up for tense Twitter spats between Valve and Apple fans.

Joseph Kime is the Senior Trending News Journalist for GGRecon from Devon, UK. Before graduating from MarJon University with a degree in Journalism, he started writing music reviews for his own website before writing for the likes of FANDOM, Zavvi and The Digital Fix. He is host of the Big Screen Book Club podcast, and author of Building A Universe, a book that chronicles the history of superhero movies. His favourite games include DOOM (2016), Celeste and Pokemon Emerald.

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