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News hardware & software 30 April 2019, 23:00

author: Agnes Adamus

Official Presentation of Valve Index

Today, Valve announced Valve Index, the company's VR goggles. During the presentation, the price and detailed specification of the device were revealed. The equipment is to be delivered to the first customers on June 28 this year.

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Valve sets off to conquer the virtual reality market.

Valve decided to enter the VR google market. Today, Gabe Newell's company presented its original design in this segment - Valve Index. It is intended for advanced users of this technology. It also aims to facilitate the creation of new productions dedicated to virtual reality. The first copies are to be sold in June this year.

Valve Index - Technical Specification

Valve Index claims to be the most modern VR goggles in the world, featuring all the modern technological solutions. The emphasis is on the quality of the elements. Below is a list of the most important parameters:

Parameter

Specification

Resolution

1440x1600 pixels per eye, which gives a total of 2880x1600 pixels

Refresh rate

Default is 120 Hz. Reverse compatibility up to 90 Hz and 80 Hz is also offered, as well as experimental 144 Hz.

Viewing angle

Average 130°. Adjustable lenses make it possible to adjust the viewing angle

Sound

Speakers in the frequency range from 40Hz to 24KHz, away from the ear; built-in two microphone array with a frequency range from 20Hz to 24 kHz

Tracking

SteamVR 2.0 sensors

The list shows a few upgrades. The angle of view in Valve Index is approximately 20° greater than in HTC Vive. SteamVR 2.0 sensors are designed to provide greater range and improve hardware sensitivity.

Hardware compatibility has also been ensured. Goggles will work with HTC Vive, HTC Vive Pro, Oculus Rift and Windows Mixed Reality components. Due to the SteamVR Tracking 2.0 technology, base stations will only work with Valve Index and HTC Vive Pro.

Valve Index - hardware requirements

Minimum requirements

  • CPU: Dual Core with Hyper-Threading support
  • RAM: 8 GB RAM
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970/AMD RX480
  • OS: Windows 10

Recommended requirements

  • CPU: Quad Core
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070

Valve Index - price and release date

A complete Valve Index VR Kit, which includes goggles, two controllers and two base stations, you will cost us $999. In case of purchase of VR headset only, the price will amount to $499. All available options can be found on Steam. Given the competition, the price does not seem excessive. The HTC VIVE Pro Full Kit is currently priced at $1,099.

Initially, Valve Index will only appear in the USA and Europe. Pre-sale is to start in May, and the first copies are to be delivered to customers on June 28 this year.

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