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Valve Index VR Kit

Valve Index VR Kit

from  $149+
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88 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The Valve Index has almost everything we want in a next-generation PC VR headset. It delivers excellent image quality, believable VR presence and it has a revolutionary pair of motion tracking controllers. It’s just too bad it’s so expensive, but hopefully its innovations will spur on cheaper competition.

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Pros
  • Excellent image quality
  • Realistic presence
  • Incredibly comfortable headset
  • Finger-tracking controllers add a new level of immersion
  • Very stable motion and space tracking
Cons
  • Priced only for pros
  • Inconvenient wired connection
  • External sensors are a pain to set up
88 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

88
 

User Reviews

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Score Breakdown

 
81
Average Critic Score
 
80
The Verge
The Index isn’t necessarily the “best” VR headset — at least, not for everybody. Unless the price drops in the future, it’s a product for people who play VR games very heavily, use headsets for professional work, or have a very large disposable income. But within those limitations, it delivers high-quality virtual reality with very few compromises.
 
90
PC World
It's pricey, but Valve's new virtual reality headset is the one to beat thanks to its crisp display and high field of view.
 
70
Polygon
I was impressed with Index, but often left frustrated at the time commitment and lack of reliability. I hope stability improves in the near future, because Index has the potential to be the most comfortable and effective virtual reality platforms on the market. But none of those innovations mean anything if the system doesn’t work consistently.
 
80
PC Gamer
Valve's Index is best VR headset available, but its steep price tag makes it difficult to recommend over the competition.
 
90
IGN
Valve’s Index is a premium VR set for enthusiasts: those of us who have a powerful PC, the space to set up external sensors to cover a large area, and who want to experience the cutting edge of finger-tracking input devices. It justifies its high $1,000 price with a high-quality screen capable of a 144Hz refresh rate and a noticeably wider field of view, as well as controllers that strap to your hands and let you fully open your fingers, which it can track individually. It’s forward-looking right now so early adopters might not see its full potential for a while, but even now the Index is arguably the best way to experience VR.
 
80
TechRadar
The Valve Index is the next-generation VR headset we’ve been waiting for, but the Steam VR platform on which the headset depends is still capricious, and painfully hard to troubleshoot. At $999 / £919 (about AU$1,425) for the full package, Valve’s high-powered headset is an expensive portal to the future – and one that we’ll use almost exclusively going forward – but it’s powered by decades-old software.
 
80
VentureBeat
The Valve Index is the best head-mounted display that a consumer can buy off the shelf. But it’s probably not the best for you. You need an even more powerful PC to take advantage of the improved resolution and refresh rate. That means you’re still tethered to a computer and to external tracking stations. And let’s not ignore the price. While the Index is better than any other headset, it’s not $400-to-$600 better than them.