Valve Teases New VR Headset ‘Index’ Coming in May


After months of hypothesis, Valve has lastly formally confirmed a brand new VR headset referred to as Index that bears the corporate’s personal title and can presumably be a first-party product. A teaser picture for the headset might point out a launch date of Could.

A brand new web page posted to Valve’s Steam web site revealed the Index headset at the moment; solely a photograph with the textual content “Improve your expertise. Could 2019” is proven. We anticipate that Could can be the discharge month, but it surely may additionally simply be the month that the corporate offers a full reveal of the headset past this teaser.

Valve Teases New VR Headset 'Index' Coming in Could 12Picture courtesy Valve

From the picture we are able to infer a couple of issues. First, the angle of the headset prominently exhibits a IPD adjustment on the underside of the headset, and we’d be stunned if this wasn’t particularly chosen to focus on the mounted IPD of the Rift S. Second, faint circles on the underside of the headset are the signature mark of IR-transparent plastic which might point out that the headset might be appropriate with Valve’s outside-in SteamVR Monitoring tech. The cameras clearly seen on the entrance of the system might point out that the headset may also, optionally, help inside-out monitoring. If not that, the cameras may be used for passthrough video, controllerless hand-tracking, or passthrough AR.

From the picture we additionally see that the Index headset itself prominently bears ‘Valve’ branding. That is vital as a result of it means that Valve might be manufacturing the headset itself, a departure from its prior VR R&D efforts which had tapped HTC to deal with headset manufacturing (which grew to become HTC’s personal ‘Vive’ model).

Valve Teases New VR Headset 'Index' Coming in Could 13Picture courtesy Valve

And final however not least, the “Improve your expertise” tagline within the picture means that this isn’t a dev package, however reasonably a full-on shopper product. It appears fairly doubtless that the Index headset might be shipped with Valve’s next-gen Knuckles controllers, which the corporate has been far more public about.

The reveal at the moment ends months of rumors swirling across the firm’s VR plans, and confirms the legitimacy of photographs of the headset leaked again in November of 2018. It additionally appears to place to relaxation a few of the extra audacious fears predicated on latest layoffs on the firm.

Valve Teases New VR Headset 'Index' Coming in Could 14Leaked photographs of Valve’s Index headset. | Picture courtesy 2flock

The leaked photographs might give us some hints about what else to anticipate from the headset come Could, except the design has modified considerably within the intervening months. From the photographs, we are able to anticipate that Index will embody built-in over-ear headphones and a inflexible head-mount with an overhead strap.

Valve Teases New VR Headset 'Index' Coming in Could 15Leaked photographs of Valve’s Index headset. | Picture courtesy 2flock

We will surely anticipate increased decision panels than the unique Vive; precisely how excessive is anybody’s guess, although at the least matching the Vive Professional’s 1,400 × 1,600 per-eye shows appears doubtless. What seems to be bigger lenses may additionally point out a wider subject of view, however there’s actually no telling at this level.