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...

    • tiggerbiggo
      tiggerbiggo  2 hours back

      It's not a good headset at all. Not worth shit.

    • Trentan Bewley
      Trentan Bewley  10 hours back

      @Ivium okay well thank you, I'll definitely take that into consideration 👍

    • Ivium
      Ivium  10 hours back

      Trentan Bewley Index has all those old fashion wires... just like the Rift :/ True vr experience should be wireless that’s why the Quest is the best option ;)
      The Rift only has a few more pixels, it doesn’t really make it better

    • Trentan Bewley
      Trentan Bewley  10 hours back

      @Ivium the rift s is better than the quest though because it's a pc set up I thought, and isnt the quest also pretty expensive? At that point I'd rather just keep saving for the index

    • Ivium
      Ivium  10 hours back

      Trentan Bewley Rift S is good stuff, but it’s true that if you don’t have any vr headset, going for a Rift S NOW would be a bad decision for sure. Quest is future-oriented while Rift S will be obsolete soon

  • Prakasa Adnan
    Prakasa Adnan  50 minutes back

    If they have heptic feedback. Imagine when you touching boobs.

    • Tech And Taffy
      Tech And Taffy  9 hours back


        NULLSKULL - GAMING  11 hours back

        Me watching: yeah I can’t afford that

        • ukr4ever
          ukr4ever  12 hours back

          And I was hoping you'll say its $hit! Now I have to get it lol

          • Veathen
            Veathen  13 hours back

            See i was planning to buy one in December but that plan was demolished quickly when i looked at the valve index page and saw "Due to recent high demand, this item will ship in January 2020"

            • Miguel Ramirez
              Miguel Ramirez  14 hours back

              Shadow !!!

              • Joey Lee
                Joey Lee  14 hours back

                3:33 *AWWW* does it come with this cute little cat?

                • EasyPixy
                  EasyPixy  15 hours back

                  I cant believe a tech genius like person was retared enough to think vr was dead...

                  • Zastock
                    Zastock  16 hours back

                    Oh Linus... Im sure there are games for that now ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

                    • Trentan Bewley
                      Trentan Bewley  20 hours back

                      It honestly doesn't seem worth the extra 600. I'm gonna get the rift s and save up until something better comes out so I dont waste money. It may be the "king" now but not by much at all and it wont be too long until oculus beats it so fuck no it's not worth 999 right now. What games make the finger sensors so worth it? It's just not worth it yet until better games are made and by then there will be a better headset

                      • JJ Rhodes
                        JJ Rhodes  20 hours back

                        more of a strap on experience

                        • Trentan Bewley
                          Trentan Bewley  20 hours back

                          At the beginning of the video you said this was the first time you unboxed it, but in the middle of the video you said your five year old daughter couldn't play with that headset until you put the memory foam padding in? Caught red-handed

                          • Dremico's ART
                            Dremico's ART  20 hours back

                            3:33 lol cat

                            • m Minde
                              m Minde  21 hours back

                              Using 980ti.. as your gpu... does not let you feel full immersion of Valve Index.. Linus...

                              • PixelPhobiac
                                PixelPhobiac  1 days back

                                🙀 4:40

                                • Paul Schulze
                                  Paul Schulze  2 days back

                                  Shooting a zombie in the head with blood spreading everywhere -> no problem
                                  Showing a virtual middle finger -> needs to be censored

                                  This world is so crazy

                                  • EVOLICIOUS
                                    EVOLICIOUS  1 days back

                                    Youtube algorithm determines this stuff. Kids watch the videos and sometimes the conflicting content will allow the video to be seen by the younger crowd.

                                • Stampli
                                  Stampli  2 days back

                                  Linus should try boneworks with this

                                  • Ivium
                                    Ivium  2 days back

                                    Don't make the mistake to buy a Rift S instead of a Quest you will regret it

                                    • Ivium
                                      Ivium  10 hours back

                                      @EVOLICIOUS The point is: Quest is future-oriented while Rift S will be obsolete soon.

                                    • EVOLICIOUS
                                      EVOLICIOUS  1 days back

                                      Rift S is far better than the Quest, fyi. Quest has to heavily compress the streamed data over usb3, so the image looks pretty bad. If oyu have a gaming PC and want to play VR, get a PC-VR kit. Quest is best on it's own of a gameboy-like device.

                                  • Fatal
                                    Fatal  2 days back

                                    This requires a PC? Well then, Oculus Quest for $400 here I come.

                                    • Michael Johnson
                                      Michael Johnson  8 hours back

                                      I just bought the quest and i have absolutely loved it as a stand alone all in one wireless experience. Just today i had 7 different adults ranging from age 26-47 play it and they were all blown away. They played it until the battery died 4 times today alone. It's a damn good investment with the best stand alone app store.

                                    • EVOLICIOUS
                                      EVOLICIOUS  1 days back

                                      Better to get a Rift S if you plan on playing PC-VR games

                                  • BigTyme420
                                    BigTyme420  2 days back

                                    "If I Fitz, I Sitz"

                                    • Max Stovall
                                      Max Stovall  2 days back

                                      Test out boneworks, the game takes huge advantage of the valve index and has a crazy engine

                                      • Dick Kickem
                                        Dick Kickem  2 days back


                                        • Wacky Parsons
                                          Wacky Parsons  3 days back

                                          age of empires 2 vr

                                          • User
                                            User  3 days back

                                            Not wireless, booo 👎

                                            • EVOLICIOUS
                                              EVOLICIOUS  1 days back

                                              Valve will have a wireless adapter coming out for Index next year.
                                              FYI, not everyone can use 60ghz. It requires a top-shelf CPU to run due to the bandwidth and ultra-low latency it needs. It's also an expensive technology. The Vive 60ghz wireless adapter is $300.

                                          • Zyon
                                            Zyon  3 days back

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

                                            • Marceleyyy
                                              Marceleyyy  3 days 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

                                              • EVOLICIOUS
                                                EVOLICIOUS  1 days back

                                                The Index is heavy, but the weight is distributed very well. I agree, I would also want it to be lighter, but with the tech it has, it's not easy to do, and make it affordable in the end. For now, it's the most comfortable HMD money can buy and it's hard to believe anyone would have an issue with comfort over countless hours.

                                            • WadelDee
                                              WadelDee  3 days back

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

                                              • Firestar 3x
                                                Firestar 3x  3 days back

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

                                                • milo20060
                                                  milo20060  3 days back

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

                                                  Worked and saved a bit for big upgrade :)

                                                  • EVOLICIOUS
                                                    EVOLICIOUS  1 days back

                                                    Better hurry, Boneworks comes out tomorrow!

                                                • 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  3 days back

                                                    il wait 5 more years.

                                                    • Gameboy
                                                      Gameboy  4 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  4 days back

                                                          its comes with a kitty!

                                                          • American Fry
                                                            American Fry  4 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

                                                            • EVOLICIOUS
                                                              EVOLICIOUS  1 days back

                                                              lol, you are lying. Oculus build quality is nothing like the Valve Index build quality. I own several kits, Index is, by far, the best built kit and of the highest quality.

                                                          • Kevtendo
                                                            Kevtendo  4 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

                                                            • Kevtendo
                                                              Kevtendo  1 days back

                                                              @EVOLICIOUS I got my Oculus rift for $350 too. Pretty nice.

                                                            • EVOLICIOUS
                                                              EVOLICIOUS  1 days back

                                                              For anyone who has never tried VR and only knows what they heard in the news 3 years or so ago when the Vive and the Rift were released and are hesitant/angry about this being a VR-only title, here's what you need to know:

                                                              1) You don't need a $1000 headset and $4000 PC. The Samsung HMD Odyssey+ is a very good Windows Mixed Reality headset (it has the same resolution screens as the Vive Pro) and only costs $229.00. You can go even lower with $184.91 for HP's Mixed Reality Headset. These headsets are fully SteamVR-ready. For PC hardware, thanks to recent software tricks, you don't need a top-end gaming PC. Valve recommends a GTX 1060/RX 580 minimum for HL:A, which are both mid-range GPUs that go for around $170-$200. Even lower if you buy a second hand one. If you flat-out don't own a gaming PC at all, you can find guides for a $500 VR build on YouTube.

                                                              2) Motion sickness isn't the huge issue you've heard it is from internet comedians. Modern VR headsets have been designed and extensively tested to ensure the hardware itself isn't the cause of any motion sickness. Not to say it's impossible, you might be extra-sensitive to motion sickness (though if that's the case, FPS games likely are also a problem for you) and you need to ensure you've got the headset setup correctly (i.e you're able to run the game at the minimum FPS and you have the IPD set correctly for your eyes). Beyond that, it's down to software, the developers need to make sure their camera system isn't weird and new players should avoid any artificial locomotion movement systems until they have adjusted.

                                                              3) There's more movement options in VR than just teleporting. This is a popular option since it's more friendly towards new VR users, but many games also feature traditional WASD movement as an option for advanced players.

                                                              4) They can't just "flick a switch" to make the game playable in non-VR. The big issue is that the game has been designed for use with what's essentially three input methods being used at the same time (your head, left hand and right hand). Further complicating things is the fact that the position and orientation in 3D space of these three input methods, as well as which fingers on what hand are in what position are also taken into consideration. This is straight-up impossible to replicate with a keyboard and mouse, assuming you don't want the game to play like Surgeon Simulator. In order to make a non-VR version, they would need to create hundreds of new canned animations to replicate some of the things the player can do in the VR version, not to mention programming new scripts for all these actions. This would be very time-consuming and would result in something that's very clunky to play. It would be better to just strip all this out of the game, but this would then require large parts of the game to be re-designed.

                                                              Very important to add that you can cure motion sickness in 2-3 weeks by taking baby steps with artificial locomotion and irl movement in VR. Caring to avoid your subconscious associating nausea with VR. Takes patience for acclimation.
                                                              Also important to add that VR doesn't require tons of space and that standing in one place can get you a great VR experience, but more room = more fun!
                                                              Everyone seems to think they need to spend $1000+ on one game. So here are my system sellers: Boneworks, Asgard's wrath, Stormland, Vertigo 2, Lone Echo 2, Vader Immortal, Trover Saves the Universe, Vox Machinea, Windlands 2, Robo Recall, H3VR (hotdogs, horseshoes and hand grenades), Blade & Sorcery, Cosmic Trip, Espire 1, Arizona Sunshine, MMORPG OrbisVR, Space Junkies, Gorn, Fujii, Holoception, VTOL VR, Rec Room, Tilt Brush, SuperHot VR, Virtual Virtual Reality, Beat Saber, Pistol Whip, Onward, Pavlov, Contractors vr, Zero Caliber, Compound vr, google earth vr, virtual desktop, skyrimvr, NMSVR, so many amazing VR games and that is just off the top of my head.

                                                          • Empu Emppu
                                                            Empu Emppu  4 days back

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

                                                            • a rice
                                                              a rice  4 days back

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

                                                              • PaPiRiCoSuAvE
                                                                PaPiRiCoSuAvE  4 days back

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

                                                                • Best69 Hfh
                                                                  Best69 Hfh  4 days back

                                                                  So we not finna talk about the cat

                                                                  • Pranav Joshi
                                                                    Pranav Joshi  5 days back


                                                                    • Cvrlos Padilla
                                                                      Cvrlos Padilla  5 days back

                                                                      I'm just so ready for the Nerve Gear!

                                                                      • Chay Warburton
                                                                        Chay Warburton  5 days back

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

                                                                        • Chay Warburton
                                                                          Chay Warburton  3 days 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  3 days back

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

                                                                      • Dragunovski
                                                                        Dragunovski  5 days back

                                                                        You have to try boneworks on december 10

                                                                        • Bongie361
                                                                          Bongie361  5 days back

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

                                                                          • Dur Duh
                                                                            Dur Duh  5 days back

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

                                                                            • Jason Zherdev
                                                                              Jason Zherdev  6 days back

                                                                              vive index