Valve fans rejoice! The company today unveiled its Index VR kit, which consists of a $500 headset, $279 controllers and $149 base station. You can get the entire kit for $1,000 or the headset and controllers for $749, or buy everything individually if you prefer. Pre-orders begin tomorrow.
What stands out here is Valve’s refresh rate, which at 120hz / 144hz is incredibly high compared to existing systems. The headset uses dual 1,440 x 1,600 LCDs, which offer 50 percent more subpixels than OLEDs and allows for sharper image quality. Currently, the Rift, Vive and Vive Pro use OLEDs, though their makers seem to be moving towards LCDs as well. In particular, the upcoming Rift S uses LCDs.