Although Valve held back on VR at the recent GDC 2019, news was announced for the not-too-distant future. And this statement is not just empty marketing rumors, because at the weekend, the company teaser the new VR glasses Valve Index. So the new hardware is expected to appear in May 2019.
Valve Index – New VR glasses are expected to be available in May 2019
After the leak over a VR prototype in November 2018, the rumors about the new VR glasses from Valve confirm. The new Valve Index was officially launched by the company and is scheduled to be released in May 2019. On Steam, a first image provides a view of the outer shell of the new VR hardware, which looks like a final version of the former prototype. The accompanying text “Upgrade your experience” indicates a further development of previous VR hardware.
While precise specifications and details are still well kept under lock and key, the image initially shows a slider for manually adjusting the distance between the eyes. Similar to the first version of the Oculus Rift, the VR glasses can be used by anyone regardless of physical facial features. A criticism, which is criticized especially with the Oculus Rift S.
Likewise, two cameras on the front of the glasses are clearly visible. This indicates a possible inside-out tracking to ensure a wireless VR experience. A standard that can now be found in all newer devices. Also conceivable would be a function to represent the real outside world through cameras on the VR display. This would circumvent the cumbersome putting on and taking off the VR glasses. Other speculations include controller-free hand tracking.
In addition, the underside of the VR glasses has small circles pointed out by the subtle journalists of Road to VR. These point to infrared transparent plastic, which means the VR glasses could support outside-in-tracking as well as inside-out tracking. It would also be compatible with previous hardware systems and sensors and could potentially bridge the gap between wired and wireless VR. So she would represent the VR equivalent to the game console Nintendo Switch.
In the prototype at that time strikingly large lenses were installed. The inside of the index is still hidden to us, but insider sources report to UploadVR that the VR glasses should have a similar field of view and resolution as the HTC Vive Pro. This would correspond to a resolution of 1440 x 1600 pixels per eye. Whether the new VR glasses will appear with the long-announced Knuckles controllers or even with a VR version of Half-Life, we will learn next month.
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