Can Valve Index Use Vive Base Stations?

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By Eric Wilson

Are you a Valve Index user and wondering whether you can use Vive Base Stations? The answer is yes, you can! In fact, Valve designed the Index to be compatible with both SteamVR 1.0 and 2.0 tracking systems, which includes the Vive Base Stations.

What are Vive Base Stations?

Vive Base Stations are devices that emit infrared light signals, which are received by sensors on VR headsets and controllers to determine their precise location in a virtual space. They were originally developed for the HTC Vive VR system but are also compatible with other SteamVR-compatible devices such as the Valve Index.

How to use Vive Base Stations with Valve Index

To use Vive Base Stations with your Valve Index, you will need to have at least one base station installed in your play area. Here’s how you can set it up:

  • Step 1: Connect your base station to a power outlet using the included power cable.
  • Step 2: Mount your base station on a stable surface or tripod stand using the included mounting kit.
  • Step 3: Turn on your base station by pressing the button on its back.
  • Step 4: Make sure your Valve Index is turned on and connected to your PC via USB and DisplayPort cables.
  • Step 5: Launch SteamVR software on your PC.
  • Step 6: In SteamVR settings, go to Devices > Configure Tracking > Add Base Station and follow the instructions to pair your base station with your headset and/or controllers.


You will need at least two Vive Base Stations for full room-scale tracking coverage.

Advantages of using Vive Base Stations with Valve Index

While the Valve Index comes with its own set of base stations, there are some advantages to using Vive Base Stations instead:

  • Compatibility: As mentioned earlier, Vive Base Stations are compatible with other SteamVR-compatible devices, which means you can use them with other VR headsets and controllers.
  • Flexibility: If you already own Vive Base Stations from a previous VR setup, you can reuse them with the Valve Index instead of having to buy new ones.
  • Expandability: If you want to expand your play area beyond what’s possible with the included Valve Index base stations, you can add more Vive Base Stations for greater coverage.


In conclusion, if you’re a Valve Index user wondering whether you can use Vive Base Stations, the answer is a resounding yes. Not only are they compatible but also offer certain advantages over the included Valve Index base stations. So go ahead and use your existing Vive Base Stations or consider adding more for an even better VR experience.