Can You Use Valve Index Controllers With the Quest 2?

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By Monica Bates

If you’re an avid gamer, you’ve probably heard of Valve Index Controllers and Oculus Quest 2. Both are popular gaming devices that offer immersive gaming experiences.

But can you use Valve Index Controllers with the Quest 2? Let’s find out.

The Short Answer:
Yes, you can use Valve Index Controllers with the Quest 2, but it requires some technical know-how and additional software.

The Long Answer:
Oculus Quest 2 comes with two Touch controllers that offer a seamless gaming experience. However, some gamers prefer Valve Index Controllers for their ergonomic design and advanced features such as finger tracking. If you’re one of those gamers, here’s what you need to do to use Valve Index Controllers with the Quest 2.

Step 1: Install SideQuest on Your Computer
SideQuest is a third-party app that allows you to sideload apps on your Quest 2. You’ll need this app to install additional software required for using Valve Index Controllers.

Step 2: Install OpenVR
OpenVR is a software development kit (SDK) that enables VR hardware manufacturers to create compatible devices and software. To install OpenVR on your Quest 2, follow these steps:

  • Download the latest version of OpenVR from GitHub.
  • Extract the downloaded file to a folder on your computer.
  • Connect your Quest 2 to your computer using a USB-C cable.
  • Launch SideQuest and select “Install APK” from the top menu.
  • Select the extracted OpenVR folder and click “Install.”

Step 3: Pair Your Valve Index Controllers with Your Quest 2
To pair your Valve Index Controllers with your Quest 2, follow these steps:

  • Enable developer mode on your Quest 2 by following this guide.
  • Launch OpenVR from your Quest 2’s app library.
  • Put your Valve Index Controllers in pairing mode by pressing and holding the system button.
  • Select “Pair Controllers” from the OpenVR menu.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the pairing process.

Congratulations, you’ve successfully paired your Valve Index Controllers with your Quest 2! You can now enjoy your favorite VR games with advanced features such as finger tracking and haptic feedback.

Conclusion:

While it’s technically possible to use Valve Index Controllers with the Quest 2, it requires some technical know-how and additional software. If you’re comfortable with sideloading apps and tinkering with settings, you’ll love the advanced features that Valve Index Controllers offer. However, if you prefer a seamless gaming experience without any hassle, stick to Oculus Touch controllers.