Valve’s own virtual reality system, Valve Index, is now available in Canada and Japan and to celebrate, early adopters buying the kit – specifically the Index Kit, Index Headset/Controllers kit, the Index Headset, or just the Index Controllers – will also receive a free copy of its all-new Half-Life instalment, Half-Life: Alyx.
Furthermore, players that buy the same tech before the end of the year will also secure Steam VR Destinations, “allowing them to explore in-game locations” ahead of Half-Life: Alyx’s launch. They will also “enjoy unique gun skins” when the game releases in March 2020.
Valve announced its new VR system in early April 2019. At the time there wasn’t much to go on – just a single image and an empty website – but early reporting had revealed the website initially included the text “May 2019”. Valve did indeed go on to unveil details of Valve Index in May. Pre-orders went live that same day for “the initial, limited-quantity launch” within the U.S. and the EU to begin shipping by July 1st, 2019.
The Valve Index offers dual 1440 x 1600 LCDs, full RGB per pixel, ultra-low persistence global backlight illumination (0.330ms at 144Hz), a framerate of 80/90/120/144Hz, and double element, canted lens design optics. Valve also says “you can adjust Valve Index for your head size, face angle, and ear position then fine-tune your visual experience with IPD and eye relief adjustments”.
The full Valve Index VR Kit – which includes the headset, controllers, and two base stations – costs £919. A separate package including the headset and controllers costs £689, while the headset alone retails for £459. The controllers and base station are available for £259 and £159 respectively.
“To enable a variety of options for those looking to upgrade their VR experience, the headset and controllers are compatible with all Steam VR games, and all the items are offered individually as well as in various combinations,” Valve added via its press release.