Now, Valve may be preparing to release at least one of its hardware ideas. South Korean National Radio Research Agency has certified a Valve “low power wireless device” with the designation “RC-V1V-1030”, as seen by @dxpl on Arca.live (through Brad Lynch).
The South Korean certification basically tells us nothing about the device, other than that it uses 5GHz Wi-Fi, which most computers already have by now. It could be practically anything.
But telecoms regulatory agencies typically don’t require certification for internal prototypes, only if at least a small number of devices are to be imported into a country and perhaps made available for sale. (For what it’s worth, it seems that The valve index was certified by days from South Korea. after was first announced.)
The Valve device has not yet appeared in the US FCC database, nor in the Bluetooth SIG, and it may never appear in either. Valve managed to get the Steam Deck past the FCC undetected early, thanks to its Wi-Fi/Bluetooth provider, Realtek. recertify the wireless module instead of certifying the Steam Deck itself.
However, there are other clues in Valve’s own code: phoronixmichael larabel seen that Valve has added new changes around the Steam Deck’s Van Gogh APU, including the mysterious “Galileo” product name and the “Sephiroth” product family. (Aerith, closely related to Sephiroth in final fantasy 7is another name for the cover APU).
While Larabel initially suggests it could simply be a Steam Deck upgrade reference board, Valve’s Greg Coomer told me in 2021 that the Steam Deck’s existing APU might make sense in a standalone VR headset. However, a new controller would not have a full Steam Deck chip inside.
“We’re not willing to say anything about it, but it would work well in that environment, with the necessary TDP…it’s very relevant to us and our future plans,” he told me.