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Valve have now officially teased their own VR headset with Valve Index

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While details are extremely light, we now know Valve's VR headset is called the Valve Index and more details are coming soon.

A new page popped up on Steam and what's there is a single image giving us a teaser of the Valve Index VR headset:

This was actually leaked back in November last year which I reported on and the leaked images certainly match up to Valve's teaser of the Index above. So all we really know right now is the name and either more information or an actual release will be in May. Still, it's quite exciting!

Hopefully the Linux experience will be good, although considering all the work Valve has put in and contracted people to work on various parts of Linux by the time it releases we might see reasonable out of the box support.

The one thing I am still concerned about is price, as the HTC Vive, the only currently official SteamVR headset, is still around £500 and likely out of reach for many people (myself included). Hopefully the Valve Index will see a lower price for more to jump in and experience it.

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kuhpunkt 30 March 2019 at 4:47 pm UTC
RafiLinuxI wish them luck but I still have not seen any value to this form of gaming. Maybe because the only genres I play have zero use for VR.

Never played something like Beat Saber or Superhot VR?
Expalphalog 30 March 2019 at 5:27 pm UTC
I hate rhythm games - largely because I have no rhythm and hate electronic music.

But I am a huge board gamer and even if Tabletop Simulator is the only VR game in my library, I still very much want a headset.
Valck 30 March 2019 at 7:03 pm UTC
SolitaryPrice of admission will go down with every VR generation.
That has been the mantra for the last 25 years – anyone remember the VFX-1 and Cybermaxx? Good times were had in Descent, back in the 90's...

It's always been just beyond the pain threshold for the average consumer market, or in other words, reserved for the affluent enthusiast.
I don't see that changing in the near future, unless someone creates a killer app that basically requires VR as opposed to merely enhancing the experience. Descent looked like that back in the day, but neither it nor VR did really take off. I seriously think it'll take a neural interface for VR to become really viable; nobody's comfortable wearing a pound or two of hardware on their heads for any amount of time.
Matombo 30 March 2019 at 7:09 pm UTC
Woop, hyped.
I bought a vive some time ago but htc was not able to fix the screens so i used papal to get my money back and send them back the vive. However vr is awsome once you have tried it but with htc's support being crap and facebook being a no go i did not have a chance but wait.
But may is very soon jej!
kuhpunkt 30 March 2019 at 7:27 pm UTC
Valck
SolitaryPrice of admission will go down with every VR generation.
That has been the mantra for the last 25 years – anyone remember the VFX-1 and Cybermaxx? Good times were had in Descent, back in the 90's...

Because the technology wasn't there yet. It's pretty damn good right now and more and more affordable. The PSVR is rather cheap and even those WMR HMDs are supposedly rather fine.
Valck 30 March 2019 at 7:43 pm UTC
kuhpunkt
Valck
SolitaryPrice of admission will go down with every VR generation.
That has been the mantra for the last 25 years – anyone remember the VFX-1 and Cybermaxx? Good times were had in Descent, back in the 90's...

Because the technology wasn't there yet. It's pretty damn good right now and more and more affordable. The PSVR is rather cheap and even those WMR HMDs are supposedly rather fine.
Better, yes. More affordable, marginally. Still too expensive, and still too clunky, for anyone besides enthusiasts. Without mass market adoption, it's going to stay niche. Maybe I'm jaded, but I see it fade away just as it did back then, and have a big revival in another ten or twenty years ;)
kuhpunkt 30 March 2019 at 7:59 pm UTC
ValckBetter, yes.
Much much better than that stuff from the 90s.

ValckMore affordable, marginally.
Marginally? When the Vive came out it was like 800-900€/$. The WMR headsets are already being sold for 200$.
Beamboom 30 March 2019 at 8:12 pm UTC
It's a pretty safe assumption that this will be the best choice of VR set for Linux gamers, both in the short and longer term. I really can't wait to hear more.
Ninex 30 March 2019 at 9:13 pm UTC
I like the big cameras and smallish look of it. Makes me think it will be good for assisted reality as well as VR.
axredneck 30 March 2019 at 9:36 pm UTC
QuoteUpgrade your experience
"Downgrade your price"
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