The Index headset is controlled by the new Index controllers. Each controller features 87 different sensors for detecting finger and hand position, movement speed, and other measurements needed to translate real-world hand motions into virtual space. The Index controllers are compatible with all existing HTC Vive games and apps.
The controllers and the new Index base stations are also compatible with existing HTC Vive hardware. The controllers, which sell for $279 a pair, can be purchased separately, as can the $149 base stations. However, Vive owners with Vive controllers and the original base stations can opt to upgrade to the Index headset by itself for $499.
The full Valve Index kit comes with the headset, two controllers, and a pair of base stations for $999. That price tag makes the package look like it’s not an entry-level VR setup, but more for people who’ve experienced what virtual reality has to offer at lower levels and want to take it a bit further.
Visit the official website for more additional info on the Valve Index.