Can You Use Valve Index Controllers on Oculus?

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By Eric Wilson

If you’re a virtual reality enthusiast, you might be wondering whether you can use Valve Index controllers on Oculus. The good news is that it’s possible to use Valve Index controllers with your Oculus headset, but 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 designed for use with the Valve Index VR headset. These controllers feature finger tracking technology that allows for more natural and intuitive interactions in VR environments.

Can You Use Valve Index Controllers on Oculus?

The short answer is yes, you can use Valve Index controllers on Oculus. However, it’s not as simple as just plugging them in and getting started.

Requirements

In order to use Valve Index controllers with your Oculus headset, you’ll need the following:

  • A compatible PC
  • An Oculus Rift or Rift S headset
  • A pair of Valve Index controllers
  • The latest version of SteamVR installed on your PC
  • A third-party software called “OpenVR Input Emulator”

How to Set It Up

Once you have all the necessary equipment and software installed, setting up Valve Index controllers with your Oculus headset is relatively straightforward:

  1. Connect your Oculus headset to your PC and turn it on.
  2. Launch SteamVR and make sure it’s up-to-date.
  3. Pair your Valve Index controller with SteamVR by holding down the system button until the LED light starts blinking.
  4. In SteamVR, go to “Devices” > “Pair Controller” and follow the instructions.
  5. Launch “OpenVR Input Emulator” and select “Pair Controller”.
  6. In the pairing menu, select “Valve Index Controllers” and follow the instructions.
  7. After pairing is complete, your Valve Index controllers should be working with your Oculus headset.

Limitations

While it’s possible to use Valve Index controllers with Oculus, there are some limitations to be aware of. For example, not all games and applications will be compatible with Valve Index controllers. Additionally, there may be some issues with tracking accuracy or button mapping.

Conclusion

In summary, it is possible to use Valve Index controllers on Oculus with a bit of setup. However, it’s important to note that not all games and applications will work seamlessly with this setup. If you’re looking for a more seamless experience, it might be best to stick with the controllers that are designed specifically for your Oculus headset.