How Do I Get Better Tracking on the Valve Index?

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By Valerie Becker

Are you having trouble with tracking on your Valve Index? Whether you’re experiencing drift or inaccurate tracking, there are several things you can try to improve your experience. Here are some tips and tricks to help you get better tracking on the Valve Index.

Check Your Room Setup

First and foremost, make sure your room is set up correctly for VR. The Valve Index relies on a system of base stations to track your movements, so it’s essential that these base stations are positioned correctly.

They should be placed high up in opposite corners of the room, facing downward at a slight angle towards the center of the play area. Make sure there are no obstructions blocking their view of each other or of your headset and controllers.

Adjust Your Lighting

Lighting can also play a significant role in tracking accuracy. Bright lights or reflective surfaces can interfere with the base stations’ ability to track your movements. Try dimming the lights or covering any shiny surfaces in the room with blankets or curtains to reduce glare.

Check Your Hardware

Make sure all of your hardware is functioning correctly. Check the batteries in your controllers and replace them if necessary. Also, ensure that all cables are securely plugged into their respective ports.

Calibrate Your Controllers

Calibrating your controllers can also improve tracking accuracy. To do this, go to SteamVR settings and select “Devices.”

Then select “Controller Settings” and click on “Pair Controller.” Follow the instructions to calibrate your controllers.

Update Your Software

Updating your software can also help improve tracking accuracy. Make sure you have the latest version of SteamVR installed and that all firmware updates for your headset and controllers have been applied.


If you’re still experiencing issues with tracking after trying these tips, there are a few other things you can try. First, try resetting your headset by unplugging it from the power source and plugging it back in. If that doesn’t work, try resetting your controllers by pressing and holding the system button, menu button, and trackpad button simultaneously for five seconds.


Getting better tracking on your Valve Index can take some trial and error, but with these tips and tricks, you should be able to improve your experience. Remember to check your room setup, adjust your lighting, calibrate your controllers, update your software, and troubleshoot any issues that arise. With a bit of patience and persistence, you’ll be enjoying accurate tracking in no time!