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I have to admit, I am a little surprised. The Valve Index limited pre-orders that went live on May 1st have already completely sold out.

Looking at the store page in the UK for the full kit, it's now only showing that you can reserve it with a new expected shipping date of August 31st. However, the Controllers and Base Stations are still showing up as in stock. Oddly the full bundle has a different expected shipping date to the Headset/Controller bundle and Headset by itself with those now expected by July 31st.

It seems for those who are really interested in VR, price is no issue. However, we've no idea how many Valve were keeping in reserve for the initial batch. In the press release Valve originally sent, all they said was that it was "limited". I can imagine them having quite a lot though of course, so it's still a very healthy sign for Valve's newer platform.

Going by the Steam Hardware Survey, the amount of people with a VR set on Steam is currently below 1% of Steam users so perhaps we will see a nice up-tick by the end of the year? For those who keep writing-off VR as a ridiculous niche, do keep in mind the VR market share on Steam is now higher than Linux.

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kuhpunkt 3 May 2019 at 11:11 am UTC
pbNow if only the test app worked on Linux...

https://store.steampowered.com/app/323910/

pbBy the way, is valve index wireless? or does it at least have some accessory to make it wireless?

Not yet.


Last edited by kuhpunkt on 3 May 2019 at 11:11 am UTC
ageres 3 May 2019 at 11:29 am UTC
dpanterI would love to know how many units we're talking about.
More than two, but less than four.
pingvin 3 May 2019 at 11:33 am UTC
Not surprising at all. People want quality products that offer the best possible experience.
Maath 3 May 2019 at 1:10 pm UTC
Compare and contrast this with what Epic is doing. Well, they bought a developer. Some say Valve is not doing anything, not responding to Epic. It sure looks like they are doing quite a lot. I would argue that hardware development is more difficult than software development.

I look forward to fellow Linux users' first impressions with this. If there is enough content available, I might pick one up myself.
Nezchan 3 May 2019 at 2:14 pm UTC
ageres
dpanterI would love to know how many units we're talking about.
More than two, but less than four.

Five is right out!
Patola 3 May 2019 at 3:12 pm UTC
I am officially envious of the people who pre-ordered this kit!! I was saving to buy a new car, but if it works well on Linux and has enough supporting titles I might as well waste spend my money on this!
Purple Library Guy 3 May 2019 at 4:44 pm UTC
I was saying this elsewhere: The niche for expensive things in general has gotten bigger, so it's not surprising if expensive kit like this sells pretty well. With more income polarization, there are more rich people (and more poor people, and fewer middle class). This goes with the whole deal where you see lots of low-end stores like Wal-Mart and dollar stores, lots of high-end boutiques and luxury brands, and fewer and fewer mid-range stores like your "Sears" type department store.
People won't buy something expensive if they don't feel like they're getting something for the money, but if it's sexy and implies some bragging rights (both of which apply to premium VR kit), there's a lot of people who can afford to shell out sizable bucks for hardware.


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Xaero_Vincent 3 May 2019 at 7:41 pm UTC
Has anyone tried Proton for VR titles?
beniwtv 3 May 2019 at 7:44 pm UTC
Xaero_VincentHas anyone tried Proton for VR titles?

Yes, and quite successfully too!
Sil_el_mot 3 May 2019 at 8:17 pm UTC
Xaero_VincentHas anyone tried Proton for VR titles?

Yeah, most of games are running without a flaw for me
Beat Saber, Pavlov, Moss, Arizona Sunshine, Gorn, Budget Cuts, Zero Caliber, Superhot, RecRoom and Contractors all work for me (or worked last time i played them)


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