Though Valve have helped to pioneer numerous underlying technologies that are commonplace throughout virtual reality, the company has never had their own publicly available VR headset. So as the gaming world spends its weekend at PAX East, the publisher quietly chose to confirm its intention to step into the VR space.
The Valve Index has already been subject to a vast amount of leaks and is likely to have a field of view of 135 degrees to set it apart from other VR headsets.
Design wise, the Valve Index appears to be the same as the HTC Vive at first sight. Friday night saw the release of a simple teaser for the Valve Index headset, along with the line "Upgrade your experience" and a presumed release date of May 2019. The front of the headset is flanked by at least two sensors.
Valve’s VR headset – rumoured to come with a Half-Life prequel – is real
Whilst there have been many, many rumours over the last few years, nothing has ever been official from Valve. Given April Fools Day is tomorrow in the U.S., I doubt this is a joke, but I guess we'll see. From its analysis of the picture it says that the graduated slider on the rear left of the unit is an IPD (interpupillary distance) adjustment slider.
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