Valve has launched a new page on the Steam website dedicated to its new VR headset that will drop the “Vive” name, suggesting that the company has chosen to stay away from the partnership with HTC that helped deliver previous-generation headsets. The new Valve Index is expected to be more powerful, hence the “Upgrade your Experience” slogan and matches the prototypes (seen below) that were leaked just last year. The new Valve Index is expected to at least match the Vive Pro’s resolution of 1440×1600 pixels per eye or 2880×1600 combined. It should also feature a boosted 135-degree field of view and two tracking cameras.

This new headset should compete with the new Oculus Rift S headset, but could be little more than a moderate update to the older Vive headset that’s on the market now. Whether or not it will be self-contained is still a mystery, but even if it doesn’t the brand will soon be releasing a number of headsets. In cooperation with HTC, the upcoming Vive Pro, Vive Pro Eye, and Vive Cosmos headsets should be hitting the market sometime this year as well. For now, the Valve Index is shrouded in mystery, but with the official launch happening in less than two months, all will be clear soon enough.


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