Do You Need Basestation for Valve Index?

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By Valerie Becker

If you’re considering purchasing a Valve Index, one of the questions that may come to mind is whether or not you need a basestation. The answer is yes, you do need a basestation in order to use the Valve Index headset.

What Is a Basestation?

A basestation is a device that emits infrared light signals which are picked up by sensors on the Valve Index headset and controllers. These signals are used to track the position and orientation of the headset and controllers in 3D space, allowing for accurate and immersive virtual reality experiences.

How Many Basestations Do You Need?

The Valve Index requires at least two basestations for full 360-degree tracking. These basestations should be placed in opposite corners of the room, with a clear line of sight between them. A single basestation can also be used for seated or standing experiences, but this will limit your movement and may result in less accurate tracking.

Setting Up Your Basestations

Setting up your basestations is relatively simple. First, ensure that they are mounted securely on stable surfaces such as tripods or wall brackets. Then plug them into an electrical outlet and connect them to your computer using the included sync cable.

Once your basestations are set up, you’ll need to run the room setup process within SteamVR. This will guide you through the process of defining your play area and calibrating your headset and controllers with the basestations.

Troubleshooting Basestation Issues

If you’re experiencing issues with your basestations, there are several steps you can take to troubleshoot:

  • Ensure that they are plugged in and powered on.
  • Check that they are properly mounted and have a clear line of sight between them.
  • Try resetting them by unplugging them and plugging them back in.
  • Check for firmware updates within SteamVR.

By following these steps, you should be able to resolve most basestation issues.


In summary, a basestation is required in order to use the Valve Index headset. You will need at least two basestations for full 360-degree tracking, and they should be set up in opposite corners of the room. By properly setting up and troubleshooting your basestations, you can ensure that you have an optimal virtual reality experience with the Valve Index.