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Best Overall: Valve Index VR Kit

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Two base stations provide a 10 x 10 gaming field, although these are only modest improvements over the HTC Vive versions, with which the Index is also compatible.

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After partnering with HTC to help build two previous VR headsets, gaming giant Valve has ventured directly into its own hardware, producing the first VR headset under its own brand, the Valve Index — the best VR headset in its class in terms of raw specs and features. First, you’re getting a display that offers an unprecedented field of view, thanks to a new dial on the front that allows you to move the lenses right up to your eyes, thereby improving your peripheral vision.

While the 1440 x 1600-pixel displays are only LCD, rather than OLED, we suspect this is a deliberate design choice on Valve’s part, since LCD pixels are subtler and minimize the screen door effect — something that would otherwise be a glaring problem when the lenses are crammed up to your eyeballs. The Index starts at 120Hz but also features an “experimental” 144Hz mode. At any rate, the net gain is not only a gorgeous and immersive VR experience but the ability to game for longer without concern for eye fatigue.

Two base stations provide a 10 x 10 gaming field, although these are only modest improvements over the HTC Vive versions, with which the Index is also compatible. The two controllers that come with the Valve Index are also a huge step forward, offering the ability to track each of your fingers individually, and even the difference between simply closing your hand or squeezing it. That said, you’ll still need a fairly powerful PC with a decent GeForce or Radeon GPU, but no more than any other premium VR headset. After extensive testing, Emily heaped praise on the Index, largely for its superwide, crisp display.

9.8Expert Score
Best Overall: Valve Index VR Kit
PROS
  • Minimal screen door effect
  • Up to 144Hz
  • Individual finger tracking
CONS
  • Requires a beefy GPU

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