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Valve Announces First-Party VR Headset, Valve Index

Posted on May 2, 2019 by Nick Moreno

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Discussion surrounding Valve and the possibility of the publisher to develop their own virtual reality headset has been in the air for some time now. Most recently with the discovery of the possible prototype leaking online on top of potential first-party games supported for the unannounced platform, Valve has now officially revealed the headset going by the name Valve Index.

Detailed from Valve on the Index webpage, the new headset offers 1,440 x 1,600 LCDs which is a pretty big given as this is provides roughly 50 percent more pixels over OLED. Along with reducing the accustomed screen-door effect for most major headsets, Index also runs at 120 Hz and 90 Hz backwards compatibility.

One neat feature that Valve’s new VR headset has is the ability to change out the face pads on the headset: Valve also suggesting users to also look towards third-party face pads or even moddable ones deprived from the product’s description.

But with all the neat features that comes with the new headset, it is burdened by a heavy price tag for the entire package (Valve Index, Index Controllers, and Base Station) is marked at $999.99. The headset runs at $499.99, controllers for $279.99, and base station $149.99 separately.

Luckily, HTC Vive owners who are interested in the forthcoming headset have the ability to use their respected Vive controllers for Index if deciding to invest in the new tech.

Valve Index is currently aimed to release later this coming June.


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