Today we’ll be streaming some preview gameplay with the Valve Index headset and wearable controllers.
The headset is an easy upgrade for many Vive owners as it works with their existing tracking base stations and controllers for a headset-only upgrade at $499. The kit became available for pre-order earlier this month and new orders won’t ship till later this year. Valve sent us the full Index kit to test and review and we’ve taken it through its paces in Arizona Sunshine, Vacation Simulator, Aperture Hand Labs and other apps designed to use the new controllers based on the “Knuckles” developer kits.
We’ve been spending a lot of time with Oculus Quest in recent weeks and streaming from a wireless headset is both freeing and fun. Index, though, is a PC-powered headset with a nice long cord to allow full room-scale freedom with higher quality graphics. For those unfamiliar, the SteamVR Tracking base stations included in the $1,000 package don’t need to be wired back to the PC to operate. You just place them in the corners of the room, plug them in and and forget about them.
We’ll be livestreaming to the UploadVR YouTube directly. You can see the full stream embedded right here down below once it’s up:
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And please let us know which games or discussions you want us to livestream next! We have lots of VR games in the queue that we would love to show off more completely.