Not Bundled With Half Life 3
Valve’s take on VR headsets, the Index, just launched at $999 for full system which inlcludes the “Knuckle” controllers, and two Base Stations, or $499 for headset only if you already have a Vive setup as the controllers and stations are compatible. Ars Technica have been testing them out and have now posted their thoughts about this headset and how it matches up to the competition.
The Index offers a resolution of 2880×1600 using a specialized type of LCD to reduce the ‘screen door’ effect many are familiar with, a peak refresh rate of 120Hz and a 130 degree FOV. Those specs are somewhat higher than the competition, but VR is not as simple as that. Check out their review of the Index, Vive Pro, Oculus Quest, Samsung Odyssey, PlayStation VR.
What's more, its launch day allocation sold out even before I'd written my lengthy hands-on impressions article last month. Not bad for a gadget category that's still often relegated to "niche" status.