According to a job listing, Valve is looking for a "Software Engineer - Computer Vision" who will work at their Washington headquarters. Its job description is pretty telling of the individual's responsibilities, saying:
The main scope of this position is to prototype, ship, and support consumer gaming products leveraging visual-inertial tracking, camera passthrough, environment understanding, eye and hand tracking.
We're definitely curious about the company's lofty ambitions about taking "the next steps" in VR.
Valve has flirted with the idea of virtual reality headsets for nearly a decade. It eventually produced the Valve Index in 2019. It's widely considered one of the best in its class when it comes to audio quality and tracking. However, the Index suffered from the lack of wireless play and mediocre resolution as well as a high asking price of $999. It's now considered an inferior product compared to low-end VR headsets like the Meta Quest 2 and Pico 4.
In other news, Valve just took down a new trailer for the Steam Deck that teases its support for emulation. Also, leakers claim that Valve and Sony have partnered to bring Half-Life: Alyx to the PSVR2 next year.