Can You Use Valve Index With Unity?

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By Monica Bates

Are you a Unity developer interested in using Valve Index for your VR projects? If so, you’re in luck – Valve Index is compatible with Unity, and it’s relatively easy to get started. In this tutorial, we’ll go over the steps you need to follow to use Valve Index with Unity.

Step 1: Installing SteamVR

First things first – make sure you have Steam installed on your computer. If you don’t, head over to the Steam website and download it. Once Steam is installed, open it up and navigate to the “Library” tab.

From there, search for “SteamVR” and click on it. You should see an option to install it – go ahead and do so. Once SteamVR is installed, you’re ready to move on to the next step.

Step 2: Add Valve Index Support to Unity

Open up your Unity project and navigate to the “Assets” menu at the top of the screen. From there, select “Import Package” > “Custom Package”.

In the file explorer window that pops up, navigate to your SteamVR installation folder (usually located at C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\SteamVR) and select the file named “unitypackage”.

Once you’ve selected that file, click on “Import” in the bottom right corner of the window. This will add all of the necessary files and scripts you need to use Valve Index with Unity.

Step 3: Set Up Your Scene

Now that everything is installed, it’s time to set up your scene for VR. First, create a new scene or open an existing one that you want to use for VR.

From there, navigate to “GameObject” > “XR” > “Room Scale Only”. This will add a new GameObject called “[CameraRig]” to your scene.

Next, add a child GameObject to [CameraRig] called “LeftHand” and another called “RightHand”. These will be used for hand tracking in VR.

Step 4: Test Your Scene in VR

Now it’s time to test your scene in VR! Make sure your Valve Index is connected to your computer and turned on. Then, click on the “Play” button in Unity.

Your scene should load up in VR, and you should be able to move around using the Valve Index controllers. If everything is working correctly, congratulations – you’re now using Valve Index with Unity!

Conclusion

Using Valve Index with Unity is a great way to create immersive VR experiences. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you can easily add Valve Index support to your Unity projects and start building amazing VR content.

So why wait? Get started today and see where your imagination takes you!