Valve's Index VR Headset Launches in May

What do we know about Valve's new VR headset? Not much beyond this image

Enlarge What do we know about Valve's new VR headset? Not much beyond this

The company will also very likely planning on releasing advanced controllers that will likely work with this headset. That report hinted to Valve's headset supporting a wider, 135-degree field-of-view (FOV), as opposed to the roughly 110-degree FOV of the original HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

Valve has now started teasing a new VR headset that is called the Valve Index. According to CNET, a Valve spokesman declined to provide more details, merely offering much of the same, saying, "We will have more info soon". Last November, what was thought to be Valve's prototype headset leaked via UploadVR, and the Index revealed last week seems to match that design.

The teaser image shows a conventional-looking VR headset with two front-mounted cameras and an adjustment dial. The real question is how Valve plans to market its upcoming headset to gamers when there is already a bunch of choices available, some of them decently affordable.

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As above, it all sounds entirely logical and it's nice to see Valve actually reveal something about the device. Not much is known at the moment beyond its release date, name, and first official image. These resemble the faint dots used by HTC Vive, which may hint to this headset's use of an outside tracking sensor, a la the HTC Vive's infrared trackers.

The problem is, Valve is competing in a category that has players like Oculus and HTC gearing up to launch second generation VR headsets.

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