Is the Valve Index Beefy Enough to Warrant A $1000 Price?

Both Valve and the entire concept of VR have been on shaky ground for the past twelve months. Valve has seen recent major competition to its games platform service Steam for the first time, well, maybe ever. The Epic Games Store has been scooping up market share and major exclusives in their effort to dethrone Steam and destabilize a long-held de facto monopoly.

With VR, you have a busy space with no real clear winner. The VR industry in and of itself has yet to take off, either, despite some high quality titles and apps that use the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PSVR technologies. Valve’s long-rumored 1st party foray into the space was revealed recently with the Valve Index.

Sporting an eye-opening $1,000 price tag, the Index is prone, Valve says, to emerge as the clear VR frontrunner when the platform drops. Our newest addition to the Fanbyte team, Eric Hanson, breaks down the Index and tells us what we can expect with the new tech.

I learned a lot and I’m pretty sure you will, too!

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