Does Valve Index Controllers Work With Oculus?

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By Ralph Torres

If you’re an avid gamer, you’re probably always on the lookout for new and innovative controllers to enhance your gaming experience. The Valve Index Controllers are one such device that has been making waves in the gaming community.

But what if you own an Oculus headset? Can you use the Valve Index Controllers with your Oculus device? Let’s find out.

The Short Answer:
Yes, you can use Valve Index Controllers with your Oculus headset. However, it requires a bit of technical know-how and setup time.

The Long Answer:
Valve Index Controllers are designed to work with SteamVR-based virtual reality headsets. However, there is a way to get them working with Oculus devices through a process called “controller emulation.” Controller emulation essentially tricks your computer into thinking that the Valve Index Controllers are Oculus Touch controllers.

What You’ll Need:
To get started, you’ll need a few things:

  • A PC
  • An Oculus headset (Oculus Rift S or Quest)
  • Valve Index Controllers
  • SteamVR software installed on your computer
  • Oculus software installed on your computer

Setting Up Valve Index Controllers With Your Oculus Headset:

Step 1: Install SteamVR Software

If you haven’t already, download and install the SteamVR software on your PC. You can do this by visiting the official Steam website and clicking on the “Install Steam” button.

Step 2: Install OpenVR Space Calibrator Software

Next, download and install the OpenVR Space Calibrator software from GitHub. This software is essential for controller emulation and will help ensure that your Valve Index Controllers work correctly with your Oculus device.

Step 3: Connect Your Valve Index Controllers

Connect your Valve Index Controllers to your PC using the USB cable provided. Make sure they are fully charged before use.

Step 4: Launch SteamVR

Launch SteamVR from your Steam Library and make sure your Oculus device is connected and working correctly.

Step 5: Launch OpenVR Space Calibrator

Launch the OpenVR Space Calibrator software and follow the instructions on-screen to set up controller emulation. This process involves syncing your Valve Index Controllers with the software and calibrating them to work with your Oculus device.

Step 6: Play Your Favorite Games!

Once you’ve completed the setup process, you’re ready to start gaming! You can now use your Valve Index Controllers with any game that is compatible with Oculus Touch controllers.

Conclusion:
While it may take a bit of time and effort to set up Valve Index Controllers with your Oculus headset, it’s definitely worth it for the enhanced gaming experience. With controller emulation, you can enjoy all of the benefits of Valve’s innovative controllers without having to invest in a whole new VR system. So go ahead, try it out, and let us know what you think!