Valve Slipup Reveals Index VR Headset

Valve Slipup Reveals Index VR Headset
The virtual reality headset has open-back headphones which enable users to remain aware of their surroundings.

(CCM) — The Steam Store has mistakenly let slip details of parent company Valve's new Index virtual reality headset which is slated for release on June 15, according to a Verge report.

A product page for the Index, which has been confirmed to be accurate by a Valve spokesman, shows a reasonably standard-looking headset. But what stands out is a pair of open-back headphones integrated into the device. This is unusual, but the design may be driven by the desire to allow wearers to remain aware of their surroundings in the real world, according to the report.

The product page also shows that the Index supports DisplayPort 1.2 and both USB 3.0 and 2.0 inputs. It needs to be connected to a system with a minimum of Nvidia 970 or AMD RX480 graphics cards, although an Nvidia 1070 graphics card or better is recommended. Windows 10 powered by at least a Dual Core processor with Hyper-Threading is required to drive the headset, although Valve recommends a Quad Core processor or better.

The Index will be supplied with regionalized plugs and a power adapter, and two different face gaskets to suit wearers with both narrow and wide faces. The headset will also come with the company's "Knuckles" controllers, which have been renamed Valve Index Controllers.

Pre-orders will begin on May 1, according to the report, but Valve has not revealed the final price for the headset and controller package.

Image: © Valve.