The best VR headset for PC gamers is the Valve Index

By Shiva Kumar

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The Valve Index is the best PC-based virtual reality headset available.

Valve's evolution has been astounding, from being a first-rate developer of contemporary gaming classics like Half-Life and Dota to establishing the industry's largest PC gaming storefront in Steam.

Following its collaboration with HTC on the first-generation Vive VR headset, Valve developed and manufactured its own VR device, the Valve Index, in 2019.

The Valve Index, which costs $999, is designed to be used on the company's Steam platform. This means that users can access well over 200 games and productivity apps.

While the Index has built-in audio, users can connect their own headphones or gaming headset by removing the face pad and exposing the 3.5 mm headset jack.

After a week of using these dual controllers, I can confidently say that they are the gold standard for VR input.

Meanwhile, the knuckle controllers have internal batteries that can be recharged via the bottom USB-C ports.

Despite the Valve Index's relatively low 1440 x 1600 resolution per eye, the games look fantastic. Colors are rich and vibrant thanks to full RGB support and backlit LCDs.

On the Index, I had a great time playing games like Microsoft Flight Simulator, Half-Life: Alyx, and Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond.

It's no surprise that Valve Index owners receive Half-Life: Alyx for free when they buy the headset.

It's face-melting to play the modern benchmark for single-player VR experiences on ultra settings at 144Hz mode. Beat Saber and Space Pirate Trainer are two other games that can be played at 144Hz.

The Valve Index audio package also includes a microphone for easy communication during multiplayer rounds of Population: ONE

They, like the Reverb G2, can be drawn closer or further away from the ears, with volume levels controlled via the overlay menu or Windows sound settings.

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