Can You Use Valve Index Base Vive Trackers?

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By Monica Bates

If you’re a VR enthusiast, you might be familiar with the Valve Index headset and the Vive trackers. These trackers are used to track the movement of objects and accessories in the virtual world.

However, if you own a Valve Index base station, you might be wondering if you can use it with Vive trackers. In this article, we’ll explore whether or not it’s possible to use Valve Index base stations with Vive trackers.

What are Vive Trackers?

Before we dive into the main topic, let’s first discuss what Vive trackers are. Vive trackers are small devices that can be attached to objects such as guns, gloves, or even your feet. These devices allow for more immersive gameplay by tracking the movement of these accessories in real-time.

What is a Valve Index Base Station?

The Valve Index Base Station (also known as lighthouses) is a device that emits infrared signals that are used to track the position and movement of VR headsets and controllers. The base station uses two lasers that sweep horizontally across the room and detect any IR signals emitted by compatible devices.

Can You Use Valve Index Base Stations with Vive Trackers?

The short answer is yes! You can indeed use Valve Index Base Stations with Vive Trackers.

This is because both devices use similar tracking technology. The only difference is that Valve uses two base stations while HTC uses just one.

How to Set Up Your Base Stations

To set up your base stations for use with Vive trackers, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Place your base stations on opposite corners of your play area.
  • Step 2: Ensure that they’re mounted securely and at least 6 feet off the ground.
  • Step 3: Plug them into a power source.
  • Step 4: Turn them on and ensure that they’re synced with your VR headset or controller.

Once you’ve completed these steps, you’re ready to use your Vive trackers with the Valve Index base stations.

Compatibility with Other VR Systems

It’s worth noting that Valve Index Base Stations are compatible with other VR systems as well. This means that if you own a non-Valve VR headset such as the Oculus Rift, you can still use Valve’s base stations for tracking.


In conclusion, if you own a Valve Index base station and Vive trackers, you can certainly use them together. The setup process is straightforward and can be completed in just a few minutes.

Additionally, if you own other VR systems, the Valve Index Base Station is still a viable option for tracking. With this knowledge, you can now enjoy more immersive gameplay with your favorite VR accessories.