Valve Index Controllers are one of the most advanced controllers available in the market for virtual reality (VR) gaming. They offer an unparalleled level of immersion and control over your VR experience. However, if you own a Windows Mixed Reality headset, you might be wondering if it’s possible to use Valve Index Controllers with it.
What is Windows Mixed Reality?
Windows Mixed Reality is a virtual reality platform developed by Microsoft. It allows users to experience immersive VR games, apps, and experiences using compatible headsets and controllers. Unlike other VR platforms, Windows Mixed Reality uses inside-out tracking sensors on the headset instead of external sensors placed in the room.
Can You Use Valve Index Controllers With Windows Mixed Reality?
The short answer is yes, you can use Valve Index Controllers with Windows Mixed Reality. However, it requires some additional setup and configuration.
By default, Windows Mixed Reality uses its own controllers that come bundled with the headset. These controllers are compatible with most VR games and apps available on the Microsoft Store.
If you want to use Valve Index Controllers with your Windows Mixed Reality headset, you need to install and configure additional software called OpenVR-InputEmulator. This software acts as a bridge between your headset and the Valve Index Controllers, allowing them to work together seamlessly.
To get started, follow these steps:
Step 1: Download and install Steam on your PC if you haven’t already.
Step 2: Connect your Windows Mixed Reality headset to your PC using a USB cable.
Step 3: Turn on both your headset and Valve Index Controllers.
Step 4: Download OpenVR-InputEmulator from GitHub (https://github.com/matzman666/OpenVR-InputEmulator/releases).
Step 5: Extract the downloaded ZIP file to a folder on your PC.
Step 6: Open Steam and navigate to the Library tab.
Step 7: Click on the “Add a Game” button at the bottom left corner of the screen.
Step 8: Select “Add a Non-Steam Game” from the dropdown menu.
Step 9: Click on the “Browse” button and navigate to the folder where you extracted OpenVR-InputEmulator.
Step 10: Select “OpenVrInputEmulator.exe” and click on “Add Selected Programs”.
Now, you should see “OpenVR Input Emulator” in your Steam Library. Launch it by clicking on its icon.
Once you launch OpenVR-InputEmulator, follow these steps to configure it:
Step 1: Click on the “Devices” tab at the top of the screen.
Step 2: Under “Available Input Sources”, select your Windows Mixed Reality headset and click on the arrow next to it to expand it.
Step 3: Select “Left Hand” or “Right Hand” depending on which controller you want to pair with Valve Index Controllers.
Step 4: Under “Selected Input Source”, select “OpenVR Controller”.
Step 5: Click on the arrow next to “OpenVR Controller” to expand it.
Step 6: Select either “Valve Knuckles (Index Controllers)” or “Valve Knuckles (Opt-Out Beta)” depending on which firmware version your Valve Index Controllers are running.
Note: If you select the wrong firmware version, your controllers might not work properly.
Now, repeat these steps for your other controller. Once you have paired both controllers with Valve Index Controllers, you’re ready to use them with your Windows Mixed Reality headset.
In conclusion, it is possible to use Valve Index Controllers with Windows Mixed Reality, but it requires some additional setup and configuration. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can enjoy the superior level of immersion and control that Valve Index Controllers offer. Happy gaming!