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Sorry people, Valve’s not asserting a brand new VR headset right now—or at the least not the Valve Prism, regardless of the shock look of a web site, valveprism.com, that very practically seems like the true deal. 

The brand new site began making the rounds on Wednesday and on first blush very a lot seems like a Valve manufacturing. The web page design, fonts, and lots of the technical particulars appear intently in step with the shop pages for the Steam Deck and Valve Index. And it is thrilling to think about Valve having a competitor for the Apple Imaginative and prescient Professional, with an equally spectacular show in a wi-fi headset that now not requires a PC to energy it. The entire thing’s fairly plausible till you look very intently on the particulars. 

Maybe most damning, as on-line sleuths began declaring, is the copyright disclaimer on the backside of the web page. “Valve” is definitely spelled “VaIve” with a capital letter ‘i’, somewhat than a lowercase ‘L’. You possibly can verify that for your self by opening the positioning and doing a Ctrl+F for both letter.

Here is where this factor will get particularly unusual: the positioning appears to be constructing on a two-month-old gag from the Midwest Furfest, a furry conference held final December. On the time, YouTuber Brad Lynch tweeted {a photograph} of foolish stickers stickers hyping up the “Valve Deckard” launching on February 14, 2024.

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The Prism site’s safety certificates is not registered to Valve Corp [US], which is the case with steampowered.com and valvesoftware.com (although oddly not the case with steamdeck.com, both). Extra importantly, although, the area was created right now, February 14, and registered by Cloudflare in contrast to Valve’s different domains. Which means somebody had this prank site constructed and able to roll out, which does not precisely strike me as Valve’s type. There’s additionally no point out of the machine on Steam itself or any of Valve’s social channels, although that hasn’t stopped at the least one member of the furry neighborhood from working with the prank and claiming in any other case.

Lynch, whose YouTube channel is devoted to VR, appears to be taking the pretend fairly laborious.

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There are different clues that the Prism is not actual scattered across the web page for those who want extra convincing, together with the phrasing of this little bit of promoting copy:

“We labored with AMD to create the Valve Prism’s customized APU, optimized to maximise efficiency where it issues most in VR titles. Powered by AMD’s Zen 4 + RDNA 3 structure, we’re capable of ship a high-quality PC VR expertise in a fraction of the facility of a full PC. Every thing we realized from constructing Steam Deck is on full show in Prism.”

It is a clunky rewrite of this pair of sentences on the Steam Deck OLED web page, really written by Valve:

“We partnered with AMD to create Steam Deck’s customized APU, optimized for handheld gaming. It’s a Zen 2 + RDNA 2 powerhouse, delivering greater than sufficient efficiency to run the most recent AAA video games in a really environment friendly energy envelope.”

Within the Prism’s description, “We labored with” and that final line in regards to the Steam Deck each learn as off to me. So do a number of the tech specs, together with an inconceivable 32GB of RAM and “50-point lips, jaw, tooth, and tongue monitoring.” The micro OLED panel additionally claims to be marginally increased decision than the one within the $3499 Apple Imaginative and prescient Professional, regardless of the Prism supposedly promoting for $1299.

We have reached out to Valve for remark and can update this story once we obtain a reply.