Since its launch last year the Valve Index headset has been in demand, rocketing even further when the news of Half-Life: Alyx came out. Customers around the world have been unable to get their hands on the virtual reality (VR) headset for most of 2020. That will (sort of) come to an end next Monday, 9th March when more units finally go back on sale.
Valve has confirmed that there will be stock available just don’t expect it to meet demand. In a statement the company said:
“Valve Index VR kits will be available for purchase this Monday (March 9th) starting at 10 AM PDT (5 PM UTC). Due to high demand, we expect available stock to sell out on Monday. All purchases beyond this initial quantity will be fulfilled in the order in which they are received, as supplies increase over the coming months.”
The company hasn’t said if any of the singular components will be available for those that may want just the headset, only mentioning the full kit which retails for £919.00 GBP/$999.00 USD. So you’ll need to be ready at 6pm GMT to secure a kit ahead of Half-Life: Alyx’s launch two weeks later (hopefully it’ll arrive before then). Currently, the UK store page has now changed from ‘Notify Me’ to ‘Coming Soon’ on all the products so there’s a possibility all the product options could become available.
The Valve Index is a favourite here at VRFocus thanks to a range of features including a comfortable design, excellent audio and clear visuals. Take a look at our in-depth review for further details. Owning the Valve Index or the Index controllers will secure you a free copy of Half-Life: Alyx when it arrives on 23rd March. Looking set to become the biggest VR videogame of 2020, Valve has released further details regarding its gameplay this week.
Valve released three gameplay videos highlighting three locomotion systems used in Half-Life: Alyx, Teleportation, Continuous and Shift. These should cater to most players needs depending on their familiarity and comfort levels when playing in VR.
VRFocus will continue its coverage of Valve Index and Half-Life: Alyx, reporting back with the latest updates.