Valve Officially Launches the Index VR HMD, Full Kit is $999

We talked about the Valve Index back in March, when it was teased, but now it is official. The new VR headset will be available for pre-order starting immediately and the full kit will cost $999. You can buy each of the components individually though (headset, controllers, base stations).

The headset will feature the same 1440 x 600 per eye displays as the Vive Pro, but these do feature 144 Hz refresh rates and a much wider 130-degree field-of-view. Here are some specifications on the headset…

  • Optimized pixel layout: Dual 1440×1600 RGB LCDs provide 50% more subpixels than OLED, resulting in greater sharpness for the same rendering cost.Fill-factor is three times better than OLED, greatly reducing “screen door” effect.
  • Higher frame rates: Runs at 120Hz with full back-compatibility to 90Hz and features an experimental 144Hz mode.
  • Extremely low persistence:  Displays have a reduced illumination period of 0.330ms to 0.530ms (framerate dependent), allowing imagery to remain sharp when your head is in motion or when standing still. This is a 5x improvement over first-generation PC VR HMDs.
  • General: Optimized for FOV (20° more FOV than the HTC Vive); dual-element lens; canted optics.
  • Audio: Ultra-nearfield flat panel speakers (full-frequency 180-degree dispersion pattern); off-ear immersion; long-session comfort with adjustable speaker position.

Valve also has their new Index “knuckles” controllers for the headset. These controllers use 87 sensors to track hand position, finger position, motion, and pressure to determine user intent.

Finally you have the base stations. These are called the Base Station 2.0 and Valve says these are improvement over the original SteamVR-compatible base stations from HTC is every way. They even go on to say they are the best-in-industry for room-scale VR tracking as of now.

As I mentioned the full kit with the headset, controllers, and base stations will be $999. You can also buy the headset with the controllers for $749. Buying everything seperately is as follows: Headset: $499, controllers: $279, base station: $149. Pre-orders are up now with the shipping starting June 28th.

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