Can You Use Windows Mixed Reality With Valve Index?

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By Valerie Becker

If you’re a fan of virtual reality, you may have heard of Windows Mixed Reality and Valve Index. Both are popular VR systems that offer unique experiences for users. But can you use Windows Mixed Reality with Valve Index?

The short answer is no. Windows Mixed Reality is a VR system developed by Microsoft and is only compatible with certain headsets, such as the Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Samsung. On the other hand, Valve Index is a VR system developed by Valve Corporation and is only compatible with its own headset.

Why can’t you use Windows Mixed Reality with Valve Index?

The reason for this incompatibility lies in the software used to run each system. Windows Mixed Reality uses a platform called Windows Mixed Reality for SteamVR, which allows users to run VR games and applications through SteamVR. However, this platform only works with Windows Mixed Reality headsets.

Valve Index, on the other hand, uses its own platform called SteamVR. This platform is designed specifically for use with Valve Index and other compatible headsets.

What are your options?

If you want to use Valve Index to play VR games or applications that are designed for Windows Mixed Reality headsets, there are a few options available to you:

  • You can look for alternative games or applications that are compatible with Valve Index
  • You can try using third-party software like Revive to run Windows Mixed Reality games on Valve Index
  • You can purchase a separate Windows Mixed Reality headset to use alongside your Valve Index

The bottom line

While it’s unfortunate that Windows Mixed Reality and Valve Index aren’t compatible with each other, there are still plenty of options available for those who want to enjoy virtual reality on the latter system. With a little bit of research and experimentation, you can find the perfect VR experience for your needs.