Posted on March 30, 2019
Valve Teases VR Headset Called Index
Valve has long been said to be working on its own VR headset, which the company has not been particularly secretive about. The Half-Life developer has been openly hired a virtual reality hardware team to put out their own headset and rely less on the HTC Vive as their primary partner for VR. Now, thanks to a teaser image, it looks like Valve is getting to announce their own headset within the next two months.
The teaser page is for a headset which has the words “Valve Index” emblazoned on the plastic shell, revealing at least a name and very few other details. The shape matches prototype images received by UploadVR last year, which at the time boasted a fairly large field of view relative to competitors Vive and Rift.
The UploadVR story also suggested that Valve intends to support the headset with at least one piece of killer-app software: a Half-Life title.
Beyond that, there are no real details, though it looks like we will hear something in May. It definitely marks a new business strategy for Valve, who seemed to be getting out of hardware by sunsetting Steam Machines and Steam Links over the last year.