Thursday, April 4th 2019

Valve Index VR HMD Details Leak Via Premature Store Page Release, Ships June 2019

When we first covered Valve's own teaser about their first-party VR hardware ecosystem under the Valve Index moniker, we were not expecting to hear much more until May. Thanks to an error on their part, product pages for the headset, base stands, and controllers were all published prematurely on Steam for a few hours yesterday, and that was enough time for all the information to be saved online by others. The product pages were not complete, and lacked details that we expect to get sooner than later, but Valve has since confirmed that all information inadvertently leaked are accurate and we now more about the retail package now.

To begin with, May 1 is targeted as the official announcement date which will also bring with it pre-order options for those going this route in PC VR. The complete package will contain the headset itself with integrated headphones, of which we have a better render available now as seen below, a tether cable using DisplayPort 1.2 and USB 3.1 Gen 1 connections (and not the VirtualLink standard we were hoping to see), a region-specific power adapter and plug(s), and two face gaskets (narrow and wide). Interestingly the now-renamed Index Controllers are not included and are an optional, separate purchase. This is also the case with the Index base stations, which all leads us to assume that existing HTC Vive controllers and base stations will be compatible with the headset, or there will be another, more complete package to choose from. No pricing information available yet, and Valve says they are still finalizing this as well as actual shipping detail- with an aim to hit it in June.
Source: PCGamer
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12 Comments on Valve Index VR HMD Details Leak Via Premature Store Page Release, Ships June 2019

#1
Vayra86
The timing of this has me thinking this is a very intentional 'leak'.
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#2
theoneandonlymrk
Vayra86, post: 4024956, member: 152404"
The timing of this has me thinking this is a very intentional 'leak'.
For what purpose?
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#3
Octavean
theoneandonlymrk, post: 4025002, member: 82332"
For what purpose?
Perhaps to steal the thunder of the upcoming Oculus Rift S and Oculus Quest,.....
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#4
stanleyipkiss
It doesn't have the fancy new USB-C connector that can be found on the new RTX video cards?
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#5
hotrippr
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It doesn't have the fancy new USB-C connector that can be found on the new RTX video cards?
Frustrating to see that (correct me if I am wrong) none of the upcoming VR headsets will have USB-C. Everything comes down to cost, why put usb-c when they can save a buck. Just cheap, smh
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#6
Caring1
"USB 3.1 Gen 1 connections"
Is that type A or type C?

Edit, the second picture states they are USB 3.0, NOT 3.1
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#7
hotrippr
USB naming is a f-ing fiasco!
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#8
VSG
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"USB 3.1 Gen 1 connections"
Is that type A or type C?

Edit, the second picture states they are USB 3.0, NOT 3.1
Until USB 3.2 is out, the proper name for USB 3.0 is USB 3.1 Gen 1. It's stupid, I know.
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Caring1
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Until USB 3.2 is out, the proper name for USB 3.0 is USB 3.1 Gen 1. It's stupid, I know.
I blame Intel.
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#10
Camm
The more leaks that come out on this, the less enthused I'm getting.

Inside out tracking + wireless + virtuallink (with options for outside in tracking) are really my minimal buy ins on the tech.

Oh well.
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#11
Prince Valiant
Vayra86, post: 4024956, member: 152404"
The timing of this has me thinking this is a very intentional 'leak'.
The lack of display specs has me thinking the same.
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#12
Slizzo
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I blame Intel.
Unfortunately, this is out of Intel's hands now.
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