Valve’s cooking up its own VR headset for May

Back when Valve announced SteamVR four years ago, instead of making its own headset, the company gave its blessing to HTC's Vive. Now, it seems Valve is ready to get into the head-mounted display business itself. The former game studio teased something called the Index on Steam this weekend with the tag line "Upgrade your experience."

The photo appears to be a pair of hands holding a VR headset. There is no information available apart from that image, though. PAX East just wrapped up in Boston, and it seems that Valve didn't have anything more to say about the Index at the expo beyond teasing the world with its existence.

Back in November, UploadVR reported on rumors that Valve was about to join the hardware side of the VR market. The photos in UploadVR's report seem to bear more than a passing resemblance to the shadowed headset in the Index's Steam listing. Those rumors, while a little stale at this point, indicated that such a headset would come bundled with the Knuckles VR motion controllers.

Those rumors also indicated that Valve's headset may have a 135° field of view (FOV), which is a little wider than the 110° FOV on the Vive and Vive Pro. That's still quite a bit less than Acer and Starbreeze's StarVR headset with its mammoth 210° arc. As always, take those rumors with the appropriate amount of sodium chloride, but the tagline indicates that Valve's headset may be a competitor to HTC's Vive Pro

Rumors and guesswork may have to suffice for now, but it seems we'll find out more soon. Valve indicates a May 2019 date for a presumed reveal on the Index's page. 

Ben Funk

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    • Usacomp2k3
    • 9 months ago

    I prefer Potassium Chloride.

    • ronch
    • 9 months ago

    VR – now in Royal Rumble phase.

    • leor
    • 9 months ago

    I’m all in on a Steam VR headset. The other players in the industry aren’t primarily gaming companies and while I own an Oculus the whole walled garden thing is annoying. Give me a headset on a simple platform where I already keep all my games and I’m a happy guy.

      • sweatshopking
      • 9 months ago

      Windows mixed reality…?

      • ronch
      • 9 months ago

      You’re right. At the end of the day it’s not the headset that’s the most technically advanced that’s gonna prevail; it’s the headset from a company with the widest market reach, the one that secures the best deals among distributors, retailers, developers, digital distribution companies (or in the case of Steam it’ll be themselves), gamers themselves (bundles, pricing, etc.).. the whole smash. Kinda like how x86 won over other ISAs that were arguably technically superior. Kinda like how Windows won over other operating systems that were more secure or efficient.

    • GrimDanfango
    • 9 months ago

    Is there any word on whether or not StarVR is dead in the water, given Starbreeze going into administration/getting raided/etc?

    I mean, they’d long since said it wasn’t going to be released outside of VR-arcade-experiences anyway… but I wonder where that plan is even at now.

    I’d think the Pimax is the more relevant wide-FOV competitor at this point.

    • GrimDanfango
    • 9 months ago

    Apparently, following a momentary leak of a half-done product page, Valve have since confirmed that May is/was the announcment+preorder date, and release is sometime in June.

    [url<]https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/04/01/valve-confirm-index-headset-leak-june-release-targeted/[/url<]

    • CScottG
    • 9 months ago

    [url<]https://www.roadtovr.com/valve-index-vr-headset-leaked-steam-page-release-date/[/url<] -just short of a mouth-piece for looking a lot like it should be a helmet in Star Wars (original) costume design. I kind'a like it. I sure hope it has substantively improved resolution and and that larger FOV. The speculated slot in the front looks like it was designed for the Leap Motion (for improved accuracy for hands), along with the typical USB connection. [url<]https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/df/Leap_Motion_Orion_Controller_Plugged.jpg/220px-Leap_Motion_Orion_Controller_Plugged.jpg[/url<]

    • sweatshopking
    • 9 months ago

    It’s an epic store exclusive

      • K-L-Waster
      • 9 months ago

      and has a proprietary connector that only works on a Playstation.

    • Krogoth
    • 9 months ago

    Ricochet 3 confirmed!

    • derFunkenstein
    • 9 months ago

    This Ben guy should be fired. (Edit: autocorrect)

    [quote<]Valve a May, 2019 date[/quote<]

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 9 months ago

      It’s code..

      HL3 officially cancelled

      • Neutronbeam
      • 9 months ago

      He ALWAYS seemed a bit dodgy to me. He at least better be on top of his homework; if not his side journalism gig. ;->

        • derFunkenstein
        • 9 months ago

        Last I heard he was due to graduate in December. 😉

          • Neutronbeam
          • 9 months ago

          Sweet! We expect pictures.

          EDIT: Corrected SweetK! to Sweet!

      • Redocbew
      • 9 months ago

      Seriously, what the hell.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 9 months ago

        I’m reading from my phone so I can’t fix it. Someone else will have to. I’m dying on the inside lol

      • Krogoth
      • 9 months ago

      Millions of grammar nazis cried out in agitation…….

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 9 months ago

        I don’t think anyone who has made a grammatical error on the internet has been placed into a concentration camp. Comparing the the people who correct 5th grade grammar errors to the people responsible for the murder of millions of people is distasteful and insensitive, bro.

        Poor form, krogoth…

      • morphine
      • 9 months ago

      April’s Fools!

      (fixed).

        • derFunkenstein
        • 9 months ago

        The comma was right, it’s the missing verb. Valve what a date? Listed, announced, something. I’m an idiot. 😆

          • morphine
          • 9 months ago

          April’s Fools again!

            • derFunkenstein
            • 9 months ago

            <3

      • K-L-Waster
      • 9 months ago

      He’s too funky to be a tech writer.

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