Do the Valve Index Base Stations Need to Be Plugged In?

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By Monica Bates

Are you considering purchasing the Valve Index VR headset? If so, you may be wondering if the base stations that come with it need to be plugged in.

The short answer is yes, they do. But let’s dive into the details.

What are Valve Index Base Stations?

Valve Index Base Stations are small devices that emit infrared light to track the movement of your VR headset and controllers. They work together with the headset and controllers to create a seamless virtual reality experience.

Do they need to be plugged in?

Yes, the Valve Index Base Stations need to be plugged in for them to work properly. They require a power source to emit infrared light and track your movements accurately.

How do you set up Valve Index Base Stations?

To set up your Valve Index Base Stations, follow these steps:

  1. Find a suitable location for each base station. They should be placed high up on opposite corners of the room.
  2. Plug each base station into a power outlet using their included power cables.
  3. Connect one base station to your computer using its included sync cable.
  4. In SteamVR settings, select “Devices” and then “Configure Base Station”.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete setup for both base stations.

Tips for setting up Valve Index Base Stations

  • Avoid placing the base stations near windows or other sources of bright light, as this can interfere with their tracking ability.
  • Make sure there are no objects blocking the view between the base stations and your VR headset or controllers.
  • If possible, mount the base stations using tripods or wall mounts for optimal tracking accuracy.

In conclusion, while it may seem like an inconvenience to have yet another device that needs to be plugged in, the Valve Index Base Stations are an essential component of the VR experience. With proper setup and placement, they can provide accurate tracking and enhance your overall immersion in virtual reality.