Can Valve Index Controllers Work With WMR?

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By Ralph Torres

If you’re a VR enthusiast, you may be wondering if Valve Index Controllers are compatible with Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) headsets. The short answer is yes, they can work together! However, there are a few things you need to know before getting started.

What are Valve Index Controllers?

Valve Index Controllers (formerly known as Knuckles controllers) are advanced VR controllers designed for use with the Valve Index VR headset. They offer full finger tracking and a more natural way of interacting with virtual environments than traditional VR controllers.

What is Windows Mixed Reality?

Windows Mixed Reality is a platform developed by Microsoft for virtual and augmented reality experiences. It supports a range of headsets from various manufacturers, including Samsung, HP, Acer, and Lenovo.

How to Use Valve Index Controllers with WMR

To use Valve Index Controllers with WMR, you’ll need to follow these steps:

Step 1: Enable SteamVR

First, you need to enable SteamVR on your WMR headset. To do this, open the Windows Mixed Reality portal and go to Settings > Developer > Enable Developer Mode.

Then launch SteamVR from your Steam library or desktop shortcut. You should now see the SteamVR dashboard in your WMR headset.

Step 2: Pair Your Controllers

Next, you need to pair your Valve Index Controllers with your WMR headset. To do this:

  • Turn on your controllers by pressing the system button.
  • In the SteamVR dashboard, go to Devices > Pair Controller.
  • Hold down the pairing button on each controller until it shows up in the list of available devices.
  • Select each controller in turn and follow the prompts to pair it with your WMR headset.

Step 3: Configure Your Controllers

Once your controllers are paired, you’ll need to configure them to work with WMR. To do this:

  • In the SteamVR dashboard, go to Devices > Controller Settings.
  • Select the Valve Index Controllers from the list of available devices.
  • Choose “Windows Mixed Reality” as the input profile for each controller.


Valve Index Controllers can indeed work with Windows Mixed Reality headsets, but it requires a bit of setup and configuration. Once you’ve gone through these steps, you should be able to enjoy a more immersive VR experience with full finger tracking and natural interactions.