If you thought VR was an expensive hobby before, do I have some news for you. Well, the news is you're right. VR is extremely expensive, from the cost of a beefy enough computer to just being able to afford the necessary space for a VR set-up.
The Valve Index actually launched quietly late last year as an alternative to the Vive and Oculus Rift, so what exactly is launching in a little less than a week? For the paltry price of only $999.99, you get the following: a Valve Index headset, a set of controllers, two base stations and a copy of Half Life: Alyx. For those of you who are new to most of VR, the most confusing part of that might be the base stations, and why the pack includes two of them. Simply put, the base stations continuously scan your play area to reflect the movements of your body in a game. One by itself has a range of 7m, so with two, you could feasibly cover a pretty large room. If you fall in that category or you're just looking to bolster your VR hardware collection, you can pick up the Valve Index VR Kit here. Half Life: Alyx
also launches March 23, and you can pre-0rder it here.