Can Valve Index Controllers Work With Oculus?

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By Monica Bates

Valve Index Controllers are some of the most advanced controllers available on the market right now. With features like finger tracking and an ergonomic design, they offer a truly immersive gaming experience.

But many people wonder if they can use these controllers with their Oculus headset. The answer is yes, but there are some things you need to know before you try to pair them.


Valve Index Controllers are designed to work with Valve’s own VR headset, the Valve Index. However, they can also be used with other VR headsets that support SteamVR tracking. This includes the Oculus Rift and Rift S.

How to Connect Valve Index Controllers to Oculus Rift or Rift S

To connect your Valve Index Controllers to your Oculus headset, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Make sure your Oculus headset is turned on and connected to your computer.
  2. Launch SteamVR.
  3. In SteamVR, go to Settings > Devices > Pair Controller.
  4. Put your Valve Index Controllers into pairing mode by holding down the System button until the LED starts flashing blue.
  5. Your controllers should now appear in SteamVR under “Other Devices.”
  6. Select each controller and click “Pair Controller.”
  7. Your controllers should now be paired and ready to use with your Oculus headset.


While Valve Index Controllers can be used with Oculus headsets, there are some limitations you should be aware of. First, not all games will be compatible with these controllers. Some games may require specific controllers or may not support finger tracking.

Additionally, while the Valve Index Controllers will work with the Oculus headset for basic gameplay, some advanced features such as haptic feedback and finger tracking may not work as well as they do on the Valve Index headset.


In conclusion, if you are looking to use Valve Index Controllers with your Oculus headset, it is possible. However, there are some limitations to be aware of.

Make sure to check game compatibility and be prepared for potential issues with advanced features. With proper setup and expectations, you can enjoy an enhanced gaming experience with these advanced controllers.