Do You Need Two Base Stations for Valve Index?

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By Ralph Torres

If you’re planning to purchase a Valve Index VR headset, you might be wondering whether you need two base stations. The short answer is yes, you do. But let’s dive deeper into why that is.

What are Base Stations?

Base stations are devices that emit laser beams to track the movements of the Valve Index controllers and headset. They provide accurate tracking for a seamless VR experience.

Why Do You Need Two Base Stations?

Two base stations are required because they create a 360-degree tracking area. This means that no matter where you move within the play area, your movements will be tracked accurately. With only one base station, there would be blind spots where your movements couldn’t be tracked, leading to a less immersive experience.

How to Set Up Two Base Stations

Setting up two base stations for your Valve Index VR headset is relatively simple. First, find an open space where you can mount the base stations at opposite corners of the play area. Make sure they have a clear line of sight to each other and that they’re positioned at least six feet high.

Once you’ve mounted the base stations, plug them in and turn them on. Then launch SteamVR on your computer and follow the on-screen prompts to configure the base stations.

Benefits of Using Two Base Stations

Using two base stations has several benefits besides providing accurate tracking. It also allows for larger play areas, which means you can move around more freely without worrying about hitting a wall or furniture.

Additionally, having two base stations reduces occlusion issues. Occlusion occurs when objects or body parts block the line of sight between the controller or headset and the base station. With two base stations, there’s always at least one station in view, minimizing occlusion issues.


In conclusion, if you want to experience the full potential of the Valve Index VR headset, you’ll need two base stations. They provide accurate tracking, larger play areas, and reduce occlusion issues for a more immersive experience. Setting up two base stations is easy and well worth the investment for any serious VR user.