Project Northstar has seen its fair share of revisions and updates since the original open-source files were released. To clear up any ambiguity from the outset, Release 1 was an internal release. Release 2, the first public open-source release (sometimes referred to as the initial release), was in 2018. Release 3 came in 2019 and improved on the mechanical design in many ways. As shown from the table below, the newly released Deck X is probably what new users will want to start with. It uses an integrated circuit board to reduce cables from the headset to just two, (USB 3 /mini DP), by combining USB devices into a custom-built USB hub + Arduino module.