On a Friday night, after a long time coming with the leaked images and rumours. Valve has launched a teaser site with a brand-new virtual reality headset, called the Valve Index, The teaser shows this Index image with the “Upgrade Your Experience” tagline and a date for May 2019.
They launched it on a page dedicated to the Index, the PC games distribution platform of Valve, through livestream. It seems to be a self-made device and not one in partnership with its long-standing VR partner HTC. As of now, there is not much information available about the device, as no detail have been given about price, technical specifications or functionality. That said, there’s a lot we can see in that image, and there’s a lot we can do from previous Valve leaks together.
It will have at least two built-in sensors (or cameras) on the headset itself, and what appears to be IPD and viewing distance adjustment notches, after looking at the official teaser image. It will have four prominent wide-angle cameras, suggesting strongly that it will have inside-out tracking, like the Oculus Quest and other second-gen VR headsets, to allow players to move around a room without worrying about placing base stations or external tracking cameras.
The new Index comes with adjustment slider, presumably for IPD (interpupillary distance) so that it can easily accommodate people with different eyes adjustments. It is quite common feature, but missing in the new Oculus Rift S. Although Oculus says you can set your IPD in the Rift S software settings.
Powered with Snapdragon 835 in $400 USD
Valve previously partnered with HTC for Vive’s development and integration into the Steam ecosystem. Valve Index is not the only headset to come to this year’s VR gaming. During Spring 2019, Oculus announced the release of two new headsets. The Oculus Rift S is going to be an upgraded version of the previous Rift with built-in tracking sensors, higher resolution, and a more ergonomic head strap. Another Oculus VR headset powered with 835 processor Qualcomm Snapdragon. Both Oculus headsets are going to come with $400 USD cost.