Does Valve Index Work With Old Base Stations?

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By Ralph Torres

Are you planning to upgrade to the Valve Index but have old base stations lying around? A common question that arises is whether the Valve Index works with old base stations. In this article, we’ll explore the compatibility of the Valve Index with old base stations.

What are Base Stations?

Before diving into the compatibility aspect, let’s first understand what base stations are. Base stations are devices that emit infrared light signals and help track your movement in virtual reality. They play a crucial role in providing a seamless VR experience by accurately tracking your movements and providing real-time feedback.

Types of Base Stations

Valve has released two types of base stations over the years – Base Station 1.0 and Base Station 2.0. The main difference between these two types is their tracking range and field of view.

Base Station 1.0 has a range of up to 5 meters and a field of view of 120 degrees. On the other hand, Base Station 2.0 has an extended range of up to 10 meters and an increased field of view of 160 degrees.


The Valve Index is compatible with both types of base stations – Base Station 1.0 as well as Base Station 2.

If you already own Base Station 1.0 or plan on purchasing them separately, you can still use them with the Valve Index without any issues. However, it’s important to note that using two different types of base stations can affect your VR experience as they have different tracking ranges and fields of view.

It’s recommended to use either two Base Station 1.0 or two Base Station 2.0 for optimal performance and accuracy in tracking your movements.

Upgrading from HTC Vive to Valve Index

If you already own an HTC Vive with its respective base station, you might be wondering if you can use the same base station with the Valve Index. The answer is yes, you can use the same Base Station 1.0 that came with your HTC Vive as it’s compatible with the Valve Index.

However, if you’re planning to upgrade to Base Station 2.0 for better tracking range and field of view, you’ll need to purchase them separately as they’re not included with the Valve Index package.


In summary, the Valve Index works with both old and new base stations. However, it’s recommended to use either two Base Station 1.

If you’re upgrading from an HTC Vive to Valve Index and plan on using your old base station, make sure it’s a Base Station 1.0 for seamless compatibility.

With this information in mind, you can confidently upgrade to the Valve Index without worrying about compatibility issues with your old base stations.