By | December 7, 2023
Image from a Valve patent application document, possibly showing a Valve Index 2 - Valve Index 2: release date expectations and news

Stay tuned for updates as soon as official news or leaks give us insight into a potential Valve index 2 Issue date.

Valve index 2 Award

The Valve Index was never the most affordable VR headset out there, at $999 for the entire VR kit, and we’re speculating right now Valve index 2 to boast a similar price. While Valve may stop using some now-archaic accessories, namely the base stations, which could theoretically make the headset bundle cheaper, market trends may actually call for a potential price increase.

The Meta Mission 3for example, which is a headset that will definitely come out later this year, has been announced to get a price increase of $100 compared to its predecessor.

With that in mind, if Valve will also raise the price of its next headset, or instead aim to make it cheaper, so that it can compete with Mission 3The “around $500” price is anyone’s guess at this point.

Another theory is that Valve may release two headsets – one high-end Valve index 2and a cheaper, lower variant, but we’ll take that rumor with a grain of salt.

Valve index 2 design

We don’t expect any major redesigns for it Valve index 2speculates that the company behind Steam and Half-Life will stick with its sleek, dark look, and most of all – the rigid and intricate face strap.

In particular, the face strap may remain exactly the same as on the first Valve Index, at least judging by the image above, which was taken from a recently published Valve patent application.

What we would like to see is a more ergonomic and compact head strap, something similar to the head Mission 2 one, but whether Valve goes easier or not is still up for speculation, because all the official details about Valve index 2s design and head strap are yet to be revealed.

Valve index 2 tracking

When we did our last comparison of Meta Quest 2 vs Valve Index, we concluded that Index’s tracking method starts to feel quite archaic in 2023, requiring plugged-in base station units, which in addition to adding to the cables the user has to deal with, even makes a loud whine sound.

However Meta Mission 2and its upcoming successor, the Mission 3requires no special tracking hardware and can work great just using their built-in cameras.

So we speculate that Valve index 2 could be a big step forward from the original, finally ditching the base stations and relying on its cameras for tracking. Note that these are still just rumors and speculations, but still plausible. If Valve is not going to move away from the use of base stations, that is new VR headset would only fall behind the competition in terms of ease of use and general convenience.

Valve index 2 display, IPD, FOV

We hope that Valve index 2 will be a big step forward from the original, like using Valve Index after Mission 2 for our latest comparison of the two made it clear just how far forward Meta’s headsets have come. The original Valve Index has an LCD display with a resolution of 1440 x 1600 pixels per eye, and it’s just not sharp enough these days, with visible pixels and a screen door effect.

Valve would likely want to match or surpass Mission 2s “almost 4K” display, which offers 1832 x 1920 pixels per eye. Maybe switch to mini-LED over LCD technology as well, which would improve both sharpness and colors VR headset.

Also, while the first Valve Index has an amazing FOV of up to 130 degrees, well beyond most competitors, Valve may try to go even higher with the second Index iteration.

In any case, we’ll have the official details here as soon as they come out.

Valve index 2 controls

While the original Valve Index controllers are bulky and with complex, arguably unnecessary straps, compared to the competition, we hope Valve would simplify them design-wise, to be akin to Mission 2 or the HTC Vive.

Something we’re happy to revisit is the recharging of the controllers, which means they should have built-in batteries, rather than relying on replaceable ones.

Valve index 2 features and software

With Mission 2 shake things up VR headset market, speculation is brewing that Valve index 2 will also have the ability to work independently and wirelessly. It is important to note that these are not confirmed and should be taken with a grain of salt, but the theory would make sense. If Valve would Valve index 2 can work wirelessly, and let’s face it – the first index relies on way too many wires – the headset will need more intricate technology inside. A built-in battery, storage and its own operating system, among other things.

The Mission 2The operating system is based on Android, which is also the most likely option Valve could go with, if the company decides to make its next headset similarly standalone, and with an option to have PC VR content streamed directly to it wirelessly.

Is it coming Valve index 2 be self-contained and wireless?

As mentioned above, there is speculation that Valve could do so Valve index 2 detached, as Meta Mission 2which would also give it the ability to work wirelessly, whether running Android-based VR games, or PC VR games streamed from a computer over the internet.

However, this is just speculation, and while it seems plausible, and we really hope it’s true, Valve has yet to confirm or deny it, so stay tuned for official information as soon as we have it.

Is it coming Valve index 2 use base stations for tracking?

Another theory is that Valve index 2 will drop the requirement to set up and plug in base station units, which are used for head tracking with original Valve Index, HTC Vive and some other older headsets.

The Mission 2 has created a new precedent in the world of VR headsetwhere a simple set-up, with tracking that “just works” without any extra gadgets, should be possible, so it’s reasonable to expect Valve to want to match that, rather than making their new headset look archaic compared to the competition.

Should you wait for Valve index 2?

While it’s still on our list of best VR headsets, and for good reason, the original Valve Index is now five years on the market and starting to feel a bit dated in terms of specs, compared to cheaper options like Mission 2.With that in mind, it’s definitely worth considering waiting for Valve index 2instead of buying a first generation Valve Index 2023.

You should definitely consider waiting Valve index 2which we expect will be a significant step ahead of its predecessor, in terms of specifications, features and overall simplicity.

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