The Valve Index is now available for purchase in Canada and Japan, further expanding the post-launch markets for Valve’s latest VR headset.
The headset, which launched earlier this year, has been available to order in the United States and a selection of European countries. Now, customers in Canada and Japan join the ranks of Index-available countries, after initial pre-orders sold out for the device in May this year. Notably, the Index is still not available for purchase in some major markets such as Australia or China.
There is also a special Canadian shipping FAQ for the Index , which clarifies delivery times, import charges and carrier information.
Customers can order the full kit, including the Index headset, 2.0 sensors and Index controllers, or choose from various other combinations of the kit, depending on what they need for their setup. The Index headset can be used with existing HTC Vive trackers, and the HTC Vive wands and does not require users to upgrade to Index controllers or 2.0 sensors.
The expansion of availability to Canada and Japan comes after a huge week in VR for Valve, after unveiling their flagship VR game and the next entry into their esteemed Half-Life series, Half-Life: Alyx. Despite being developed by Valve with the Index in mind, Alyx will still support most PC VR headsets with motion controllers and SteamVR compatibility. That being said, the Index controllers will offer expanded, yet optional, interactions in the game due to their grip system that includes advanced finger-tracking.
Existing and new owners of the Valve Index will also receive a free copy of Half-Life: Alyx at launch. It doesn’t need to be the full kit either – if you purchase, or own, even just the Index controllers, you will receive a free copy of Alyx at launch.
The Valve Index is available to order in select countries on Steam now.