Can You Use Valve Index Controllers With Other Headsets?

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By Monica Bates

Valve Index Controllers are one of the most advanced VR controllers available in the market. They come with a variety of features and functionalities that offer a more immersive experience.

However, there is often confusion among users about whether they can use Valve Index Controllers with other headsets or not. In this article, we will take a closer look at this question and try to provide an answer.

What are Valve Index Controllers?

Valve Index Controllers, previously known as Knuckles Controllers, are designed specifically for Valve’s VR headset – the Valve Index. These controllers use finger tracking technology that allows users to control virtual objects more naturally and intuitively. They also come with pressure-sensitive sensors that detect how hard you are gripping the controller.

Can You Use Valve Index Controllers with Other Headsets?

The short answer is yes, you can use Valve Index Controllers with other headsets. However, it is not as simple as just plugging them in and playing.


Valve Index Controllers use SteamVR tracking technology to communicate with your PC and VR headset. As long as your headset supports SteamVR tracking, you should be able to use Valve Index Controllers. Currently, there are only a few headsets that support SteamVR tracking – HTC Vive, Vive Pro, Vive Cosmos, Pimax 5K/8K, and some Windows Mixed Reality headsets.


To use Valve Index Controllers with other headsets, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Ensure that your headset supports SteamVR tracking.
  2. Purchase compatible base stations for SteamVR tracking if necessary.
  3. Connect the base stations to your PC.
  4. Set up your VR headset according to its instructions.
  5. Pair your Valve Index Controllers with your PC using SteamVR.


Even though you can use Valve Index Controllers with other headsets, there are some limitations to keep in mind. For example:

  • You may not be able to use all the features of Valve Index Controllers when using them with other headsets. Some functionalities, such as finger tracking, require specific hardware and software support.
  • The experience may not be as seamless or reliable as using Valve Index Controllers with the Valve Index headset. This is because the compatibility between different hardware and software systems can vary.


In summary, yes, you can use Valve Index Controllers with other headsets that support SteamVR tracking. However, it requires additional setup and may not offer all the features of the controllers.

If you already own a set of Valve Index Controllers and want to try them out with a different headset, it’s worth giving it a shot. Just keep in mind that the experience may not be perfect.