How Do I Connect My Valve Index Controllers?

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By Eric Wilson

If you’ve recently purchased the Valve Index, you might be wondering how to connect your controllers. Connecting the controllers is a simple process, and we’ve laid out the steps for you below.

Step 1: Install SteamVR

Before you can use your Valve Index controllers, you’ll need to have SteamVR installed on your computer. If you haven’t already done so, head to the Steam website and download and install Steam.

Once Steam is installed, open it and navigate to the Library tab. From there, select Tools from the dropdown menu and find SteamVR. Right-click on SteamVR and select Install Game.

Step 2: Connect Your Base Stations

Your Valve Index controllers rely on two base stations that track their movements in 3D space. To connect these base stations, plug them into power outlets using their included power cables.

Once they’re plugged in, place them in opposite corners of your play area with a clear line of sight between them. The base stations should be positioned at least 6 feet high and angled downwards toward the center of your play area.

Step 3: Pair Your Controllers

To pair your Valve Index controllers with your base stations, first ensure that they’re charged by plugging them into a USB port using their included charging cables.

Next, turn on your headset by pressing the power button located on the front of it. Once it’s powered on, put both controllers into pairing mode by pressing and holding down both system buttons (located below the trackpad) simultaneously until their LEDs begin flashing blue.

Finally, point each controller toward a base station and wait for them to pair with it. You’ll know they’re paired when their LEDs turn green.

Step 4: Calibrate Your Play Area

Now that your Valve Index controllers are paired, it’s time to calibrate your play area. Start by selecting the Room Setup option from the SteamVR dropdown menu.

From there, follow the on-screen instructions to trace the boundaries of your play area using one of your controllers. Once you’ve traced the boundaries, SteamVR will calibrate your play area and save its dimensions.

Step 5: Test Your Controllers

Now that everything is set up, it’s time to test your controllers. Put on your headset and pick up both controllers. Move around within your play area and ensure that they’re tracking your movements accurately.

If you notice any issues with tracking, try adjusting the positioning of your base stations or moving any large reflective surfaces out of view.


Connecting your Valve Index controllers is a straightforward process that requires little technical know-how. By following these steps, you’ll be up and running in no time with a fully calibrated play area and accurate controller tracking. Happy gaming!