Are you wondering what VR Swaggersouos use?
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What VR Does Swaggersouls Use?
He used HTC Vive before but now he uses the Valve Index.
Despite its advanced age, the Valve Index remains the most fully featured VR headset available today, offering an incredibly immersive experience for those who own a powerful computer.
- Great screen and field of vision
- Intuitive ‘Knuckle’ controllers
- Excellent sound quality
- It’s not easy to set up
- Despite its age, expensive.
- Requires a powerful computer
Thanks to its advanced screens, tracking systems, and accurate motion-capture stations, the Valve Index VR headset is the most complete VR system you can currently have at home.
It’s pricey, takes time to set up, and needs a powerful computer to fully utilize its capabilities, but with those challenges overcome, it offers an immersive VR gaming environment unlike any other.
If you’ve got the budget and the room for a fully immersive experience, the Valve Index is the best VR headset available right now.
- Platforms: SteamVR (PC)
- Price: $999/£919
- Resolution: 1440 x 1600 pixels per eye
- Field of view: 130 degrees
- Refresh rate: 144 Hz
- Controllers: Valve Index Controllers (aka ‘Knuckles’), HTC Vive, and Vive Pro Controllers
Valve Index Review: Price and Release Date
On June 28th, 2019, the Valve index cost around $999/£929. It’s a pricey package, but it‘s an extensive package too, with the headset, advanced controllers, and motion tracking base stations included.
At the time of writing, most bundles were out of print.
Despite being a few years old, the Valve Index retains most of its original value. So, those waiting for an offer on the device might be waiting some time.
Valve Index Review: Set Up
The Valve Index is an audio device that requires a computer to function properly. You’ll need to connect it to your computer via a USB cable and run some additional software in order to use it.
A camera sits on each side of the Valve Index headset, which is used in conjunction with two small (included) cube-shaped Base Stations.
They’ll help you learn where you need to go and then process that info into movements through the virtual environment on your computer.
It’s not easy to get everything working right when setting up a VR system. You have three cables running from your headset (power, USB 3, and a DisplayPort cable), while the two base stations (which must be placed in opposite corners, slightly tilted toward the floor) each require power supplies too.
Standing and sitting play options are available but the free-roam Room Scale style is the most appealing one. It lets you freely roam around VR environments inside your house.
With its room-scale capabilities, the Valve Index needs at least 6.5 feet by 5 feet in size to function properly. Anything smaller than that and tracking may be unreliable.
Setting up the system is pretty straightforward. Once everything is plugged in and the base stations are placed down, setting up the system is fairly easy.
Once downloaded, the SteamVR app walks you through the steps for configuring your play space, sets your view distance, and guides you through how VR functions using tutorials themed after Valve’s Portal games.
You can identify your play space by using a Chaperone system, which throws up virtual barriers as you approach the boundaries.
However, the setup procedure is time-consuming, even if everything works perfectly the first time.
If you have enough room, then having a dedicated play space for your VR headset is definitely worth considering. You don’t want to repeat the whole rigmarol all over again.
Valve Index Review: Design & Display
The general appearance of the Valve Index will feel familiar to you if you’ve used a VR headset before.
A screen mounted in front of your eyes is held in position by an overhead harness connected to a rear band that tightens the unit into position with an adjustable dial at the back of the user’s skull.
Despite the relatively large size of the headset, Valve did a good job balancing out the weight of the device by making sure it sat comfortably during long gaming periods.
While glasses may not fit perfectly into the front gasket, they’re easily accommodatable without causing any undue pain.
What makes the Oculus Rift so special is what’s inside the headgear. Behind the shiny front display plate, there are two high-resolution LCD screens at a 1,440 by 1,600-pixel resolution each.
It’s not the sharpest screen out there, but it’s still good enough for appreciating fine details in VR worlds.
It’s even better than 120Hz because it has a refresh rate of 120Hz, which means it can boost up to 144Hz.
Field of View
It’s even better than having a 120-degree field of vision because it provides an excellent sense of the virtual world‘s presence around you.
With two additional slivers, one to adjust the distance between each individual screen to match your pupil size, and another to move them closer or farther away from your eyes, Valve’s new VR headset lets you find a sweet place where they feel very natural.
Two small pucks-shaped speakers hover from the band of the headphones in front of your ears, providing audio.
They’re fantastic – with richer sound quality than in-ear headphones can provide, and without the claustrophobic feeling of having no earbuds at all, you gain the benefits of good sound quality while retaining situational hearing.
One of the most innovative features of the Valve Index is its controllers, commonly referred to as Knuckles.
Stepping away from VR controllers that look like wands or triggers, the Valve Index controllers use straps to tighten around your wrists, freeing up your individual fingers to be detected by sensors inside the controller.
Combined with a traditional pair of thumbsticks, trackpads, and face buttons that rest where your thumbs naturally sit, the Knuckles allow you the most naturalistic finger-tracking experience in VR so far.
The Valve Index is unquestionably the best VR headset currently available. It offers an incredible level of immersion, fantastic visuals, and a comfortable design.
It’s not cheap and it takes time to set up, but it requires a lot of patience and a large enough workspace for the equipment.
If you have any questions feel free to comment below.