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What could possibly be a little prank from Valve, the unfinished Steam store pages for the Valve Index, Valve Index Base Station and Valve Index Controllers went online a little too early. Yes, really, this is not a prank from us! SteamDB were quick as usual to spot it.

On them, they show an expected shipping date for June 15th. However, going by the information posted it seems the Valve Index will require a SteamVR 2.0 Base Station and Controllers which look to be sold separately. Presumably, Valve will do some sort of bundle with them all together.

The store pages already went down (and up again and likely down again soon) but I managed to capture them quickly for you. Click the below picture to view the gallery of oops brokenness (also on Wayback Machine #1 #2 #3):

Is this an April Fools from Valve or just a rather unfortunate screw-up? I'm going with a screw-up, considering their teaser image mentioned May and so it would be rather stupid to even tease it in this way before hand, or perhaps a genius marketing move? I haven't made up my mind on that one—you decide.

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TheRiddick 2 April 2019 at 12:41 am UTC
I think Valve should also release with this a wireless upgrade pack, this whole tether thing is a turnoff for VR, at least for me.
Aeder 2 April 2019 at 12:46 am UTC
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ArehandoroIf the release date is real, June 15, that would be just after the E3. Probably with tones of games announced and most people very hyped. Not a bad move, unless April's fool is behind this.

If they announce a Half Life VR, which turns out to be amazing but is only accessible through a VR system, I start out crying immediately.

A new PC + VR is beyond what I'm willing to invest. :/

I'm in the same boat. Even worse is, Steam makes absolutely no effort to sell their hardware here, so I would also have to pay a third party to sell and ship the headseat to me.
kuhpunkt 2 April 2019 at 5:54 am UTC
Hal_KadoLooks like an unintentional leak to me. I think the interesting bit is the multiple cameras seem to indicate inside-out tracking, but they are still offering base stations....perhaps the headset will offer both options (which would be awesome IMO). It also seems virtualLink will not make it into this headset.

The cameras won't be for inside-out tracking, just for pass-through and maybe handtracking or something.
Beamboom 2 April 2019 at 6:34 am UTC
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The cameras won't be for inside-out tracking, just for pass-through and maybe handtracking or something.

I would assume it's primarily for AR?
Beamboom 2 April 2019 at 6:35 am UTC
Sold! So very sold.
I love how Linux is already stated as a platform. This will be great!
Ardje 2 April 2019 at 1:05 pm UTC
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Hal_Kado
The cameras won't be for inside-out tracking, just for pass-through and maybe handtracking or something.

I would assume it's primarily for AR?
I think it is used to show your mom is in the room, so it is time to pull your pants up and stop virtual girlfriend and start beatsaber, all while pretending you don't know she is in the room.

Man, I wish I lived with my mom again, so I could just experience the awkward situation.
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