Valve Corporation has revealed the full specs and detailed images of the Index virtual reality (VR) headset, which was teased at the end of March.
Hitting the headlines at the same time as the Oculus Quest and Rift S, the Valve Index is available now and starts at £919, shipping in June, making it significantly more expensive than its newly released rivals. However, that does include the headset, controllers and two base stations. The standalone headset is priced at £459.
The Steam platform operator has made a big deal about the specs to justify its higher price.
The Index boasts dual 1,440 x 1,600 RGB LCDs, runs up to an experimental 144Hz, and its displays have a reduced illumination period of 0.330ms to 0.530ms.
Its physically adjustable inter-pupillary distance (between eyes) and eye relief (screen to eye) features let the user set the field of view to suit their own face. Combined with the dual-element lens and canted optics, the Index provides 20 degrees more field of view than the HTC Vive, according to Valve.
Other features include “off-the-ear” speakers that Valve said are more immersive, and ergonomic enhancements that make the headset easy to adjust and clean.
While the specs are still to be confirmed, Valve said the Index includes stereo, global-shutter RGB cameras made for computer vision, “enabling applications like high-quality stereo pass-through”, as well as “the Frunk”, a front compartment that includes a USB 3 Type-A port “specifically made for tinkerers and makers”.
Interestingly, Valve has stuck with external motion tracking through sensors that are compatible with SteamVR 1.0 and 2.0 base stations.
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