Maybe VR isn't dead after all... - Valve Index Review

  • Published: 12 August 2019
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  • Phillipe
    Phillipe  4 months back

    Oculus Rift S, anyone? Linus forgot to mention it entirely!!!!!!! No need for extra cameras at all, for $ 400, it’s a good VR headset...

    • camculver
      camculver  7 hours back

      @Linus Tech Tips I'm sure you have plenty, to be able to purchase one.

    • Rajendra Gondhalekar
      Rajendra Gondhalekar  1 days back

      @Grainsauce Quest with a USB 3 link cable is basically Rift S, and then without the link it's a wireless VR headset that is better than Go.

    • Oskar Durys
      Oskar Durys  2 days back

      @Alex A But they said they would send one, so what's the point? 400 may not be alot to them but I'm sure it could go elsewhere in their studio.

    • Toxic Cipher
      Toxic Cipher  2 days back

      FlyingFree333 how lmaooo

    • Erasus
      Erasus  5 days back

      @EleMenTfiNi OLED is not better than LCD, educate yourself before spewing bullshit.

  • Wacky Parsons
    Wacky Parsons  12 hours back

    age of empires 2 vr

    • User
      User  17 hours back

      Not wireless, booo 👎

      • Zyon
        Zyon  17 hours back

        10:07 "a lot of fascinating possibilities".... Me: *MIddle finger*

        • Marceleyyy
          Marceleyyy  19 hours back

          "honestly its a bit of a mix feeling comfort wise" there are literally huge foam bumbers strapped onto every part of the plastic what more comfort do you want

          • WadelDee
            WadelDee  19 hours back

            Is it really necessary to censor every single instance of 🖕?

            • Firestar 3x
              Firestar 3x  22 hours back

              You can pair both the meat handle and index controllers in the same setup.

              • milo20060
                milo20060  1 days back

                Will probably get when I make my new pc next year summer or something.

                Worked and saved a bit for big upgrade :)

                • Super Intendent Chalmers

                  Too bad it wasn't dead. This is just too far in video games taken to a absurd level. People look like fucking idiots in those things and it is brimgimg people deep into isolation.

                  • Edgarv68
                    Edgarv68  1 days back

                    il wait 5 more years.

                    • Gameboy
                      Gameboy  1 days back

                      How to determine whether or not something is dead: the linus test

                      • WaaDoku 【和ァ独】

                        I'm getting the Index right now! It comes with a free cat!!! This is awesome!

                        • Benjamin Arvizu
                          Benjamin Arvizu  2 days back

                          its comes with a kitty!

                          • American Fry
                            American Fry  2 days back

                            The durability on both the headset and knuckles controls are garbage 1 month of daily play and it is falling apart completely even my old regular rift works better

                            • Kevtendo
                              Kevtendo  2 days back

                              vr's still in it's infancy state and there are barely any games that actually attempt to make use of vr's potential
                              (boneworks, township tale, blade and sorcery are your best choices)

                              so in a sense, spending 1k on a headset right now is a waste
                              when it'll take years before vr really starts to take off
                              and if you'd wait until then these should most have dropped in price
                              or more improved versions of the headsets are released.
                              (sure you can still use these headsets, but not many games make use of the valve anyways.)

                              it's more of a "spend 1k just to be able to flip people off"
                              so i'd just wait untill the price lowers at least

                              • Empu Emppu
                                Empu Emppu  2 days back

                                I usually don't like videos, but your cats man, i just had to!

                                • a rice
                                  a rice  2 days back

                                  I don't think I'd like a more of a strap-on experience but that's just me

                                  • PaPiRiCoSuAvE
                                    PaPiRiCoSuAvE  2 days back

                                    valve gives you a free CAT with every valve index???? that is awesome ^ ^

                                    • Best69 Hfh
                                      Best69 Hfh  2 days back

                                      So we not finna talk about the cat

                                      • Pranav Joshi
                                        Pranav Joshi  2 days back


                                        • Cvrlos Padilla
                                          Cvrlos Padilla  2 days back

                                          I'm just so ready for the Nerve Gear!

                                          • Chay Warburton
                                            Chay Warburton  3 days back

                                            "I do wish it was more of a 'strap on' experience". - Linus, Christmas 2019

                                            • Chay Warburton
                                              Chay Warburton  15 hours back

                                              @Joseph .M 101 eh, not to worried about it. If you dont like it, dont read it xD

                                            • Joseph .M 101
                                              Joseph .M 101  19 hours back

                                              This video was shot and uploaded in August. Not December.

                                          • Dragunovski
                                            Dragunovski  3 days back

                                            You have to try boneworks on december 10

                                            • Bongie361
                                              Bongie361  3 days back

                                              3:33 I didn’t know the index came with a cat?

                                              • Dur Duh
                                                Dur Duh  3 days back

                                                You wish it was more of a strap on experience? Ok

                                                • Jason Zherdev
                                                  Jason Zherdev  3 days back

                                                  vive index

                                                  • Mr. Walker
                                                    Mr. Walker  3 days back

                                                    Someone kill the camera man

                                                    • 5./StG1 - DLMalloy
                                                      5./StG1 - DLMalloy  3 days back

                                                      At 3:32 does it come with the cat or is that a separate deal?

                                                      • Almantas Kandrotas
                                                        Almantas Kandrotas  3 days back

                                                        Man if it was like 200$ less I’d pick it up instantly I just don’t have the $$ to drop on it

                                                        • I AM ROBOT
                                                          I AM ROBOT  3 days back

                                                          sorry linus, there's a cat on the screen, i no longer care

                                                          • ohaleceiffel
                                                            ohaleceiffel  3 days back

                                                            HAHA he said strap-on experience!

                                                            • TacticalHouse Ah
                                                              TacticalHouse Ah  3 days back

                                                              anyone exited for half life alyx and boneworks?

                                                              • Al Bu
                                                                Al Bu  3 days back

                                                                What kind of controllers do you have there Bro ✨✨✨😁

                                                                • Ness
                                                                  Ness  4 days back

                                                                  Me “this looks neat maybe I’ll order one “ sees price 😭😭😭😭

                                                                  • Antoine Fauconneau
                                                                    Antoine Fauconneau  4 days back

                                                                    "I really do wish that it was more of a strap-on experience"
                                                                    -Linus Sebastian, 2019

                                                                    • KATOS
                                                                      KATOS  4 days back

                                                                      Check Out boneworks, it seems like it got great index support

                                                                      • RogueBrit
                                                                        RogueBrit  4 days back

                                                                        i nearly vomit everytime I wear VR

                                                                        • Mate Varszegi
                                                                          Mate Varszegi  4 days back

                                                                          with this video I guess the cat is back in the box....

                                                                          • GoProJoe
                                                                            GoProJoe  4 days back

                                                                            VR games and controls are horrible and nobody wants to play standing. We just want to play our favorite games with VR headset support.

                                                                            • Angus
                                                                              Angus  4 days back

                                                                              Holy shit all those controllers 👀

                                                                              • ROXAL m2
                                                                                ROXAL m2  4 days back

                                                                                The cat tho. He just completely ignored it

                                                                                • Fredrick Rourk
                                                                                  Fredrick Rourk  4 days back

                                                                                  Free KITTY! Plus Free Half Life Alyx!

                                                                                  • Chase Brinson
                                                                                    Chase Brinson  4 days back

                                                                                    Linus on camera with has cat: good kitty strokes

                                                                                    Linus off camera with cat: you dumb bitch slams on ground.

                                                                                    • Josh Manitowich
                                                                                      Josh Manitowich  4 days back

                                                                                      talks up high resolution and fps like they are everything
                                                                                      only plays games with nintendo 64 graphics

                                                                                      • Matthew E Adcock
                                                                                        Matthew E Adcock  4 days back

                                                                                        So glad I bought it for my son in September instead of waiting for his birthday in November. It's a blast.
                                                                                        I'm going to get the Oculus Quest 128GB for my truck.

                                                                                        • tyson505
                                                                                          tyson505  4 days back

                                                                                          So, after watching the trailers for Half-Life: Alyx and Boneworks, I ordered a Samsung Odyssey Plus for $229. At 1/4 of the price of the index, I'm hoping it's at least 1/2 as good lol. Not expecting the pixel persistence/response time/tracking to be great but I heard the black levels and colors are incredible with the OLED 1440x1600 per eye resolution.

                                                                                          • tyson505
                                                                                            tyson505  4 days back

                                                                                            @EVOLICIOUS thanks for the info! That's my plan, return it for a rift s if I'm not satisfied. I hear the tracking on the rift s is far superior despite both being inside-out tracking. How bad are the black levels/colors on the rift s compared to the o+?

                                                                                            My friend ordered the $1000 index kit and it arrived today, I'll have to try that out once he sets it up.

                                                                                          • EVOLICIOUS
                                                                                            EVOLICIOUS  4 days back

                                                                                            I have the O+ and several other kits. O+ definitely holds it's own, it's not nearly as good as the Rift S and nothing like the Index, but it does the job great! The only warning I have (that may or may not bother you) is that you may find the tracking a little limiting, the comfort is not so great, and the visuals are fairly blurry due to the anti-SDE filter they use. If any of those things bother you, do return/sell the O+ and be on the lookout for a Rift S for around $350 that will solve all of those issues.

                                                                                        • pepr 69
                                                                                          pepr 69  4 days back

                                                                                          I love ur cat

                                                                                          • Rei
                                                                                            Rei  5 days back

                                                                                            3:33 comes with a pussy. Nice