How Do I Set Up Valve Index Controllers?

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By Ralph Torres

If you’re new to the world of virtual reality, setting up your Valve Index controllers might seem like a daunting task. But don’t worry, in this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the entire process step-by-step.

What You’ll Need

Before we dive into the setup process, let’s take a quick look at what you’ll need:

  • A computer with Steam installed
  • A Valve Index headset (with base stations already set up)
  • A pair of Valve Index controllers
  • The USB cable that came with your controllers

Step 1: Update Your Firmware

The first thing you’ll want to do is ensure that your firmware is up-to-date. To do this, simply connect your controllers to your computer using the USB cable.

Once connected, open Steam and go to the “Library” tab. From there, click on “Tools” and then scroll down until you find “SteamVR.” Right-click on it and select “Properties.”

In the properties window, click on the “Betas” tab. From there, select “beta – SteamVR Beta Update” from the dropdown menu. This will download and install any available updates for your Valve Index controllers.

Step 2: Pair Your Controllers

Once your firmware is up-to-date, it’s time to pair your controllers with your headset. To do this, turn on your headset and put it on. Then press and hold down both the system button and menu button on each controller until they vibrate and turn on.

Next, point both controllers towards the base stations and press and hold down both triggers at the same time for a few seconds. This will initiate pairing mode for both controllers.

If successful, you should see both controllers appear in VR space. Congratulations, you’ve successfully paired your Valve Index controllers!

Step 3: Customize Your Controls

Now that your controllers are paired, it’s time to customize your controls to your liking. To do this, go back to the SteamVR menu and click on “Settings.” From there, click on the “Controller” tab and then select “Manage Controller Bindings.”

Here, you’ll be able to customize the controls for each game or application you use with your Valve Index controllers. Simply select a game or application and then customize the controls as desired.


Setting up your Valve Index controllers might seem daunting at first, but it’s actually quite straightforward. By following these simple steps, you’ll be up and running in no time!

Remember to keep your firmware up-to-date, pair your controllers with your headset, and customize your controls to suit your needs. With these tips in mind, you’ll be able to fully enjoy all that virtual reality has to offer with your Valve Index controllers!