Is Valve Index Worth It Over Vive?

Photo of author

By Eric Wilson

Are you in the market for a high-end virtual reality headset? The Valve Index and the HTC Vive are two of the most popular options on the market.

But is the Valve Index worth the extra cost over the Vive? Let’s take a closer look.

The Basics

The HTC Vive was released in 2016 and was one of the first VR headsets on the market. It has since been upgraded to include improved resolution and wireless capabilities with the Vive Pro. The Valve Index, on the other hand, was released in 2019 as a newer, more advanced option.

Display

One of the most significant differences between these two headsets is their displays. The Valve Index uses an LCD display with a resolution of 1440 x 1600 pixels per eye, while the Vive Pro uses an OLED display with a resolution of 1440 x 1600 pixels per eye.

The Valve Index’s LCD display has several advantages over OLED:

  • Better subpixel density – making images look sharper
  • No screen door effect – reducing visual artifacts caused by space between pixels
  • No ghosting – eliminating motion blur

However, there are also some advantages to OLED displays:

  • Better contrast ratio – providing deeper blacks and brighter whites
  • Wider color gamut – displaying more vivid colors

Field of View and Refresh Rate

The Valve Index has a wider field of view than both versions of the Vive. It offers up to a 130-degree field of view compared to around 110 degrees on both versions of the Vive.

The Valve Index also has a higher refresh rate of 120Hz compared to the Vive’s 90Hz.

Comfort and Design

The Valve Index has a more comfortable and adjustable design than the Vive. Its head strap can be adjusted for a better fit, and its built-in speakers provide better sound quality than the Vive’s separate earbuds.

The Vive, however, has an advantage in terms of its wireless adapter which eliminates the need for cords.

Price

The Valve Index is undoubtedly more expensive than the HTC Vive. The full Valve Index kit (which includes the headset, controllers, and base stations) costs $999, while the HTC Vive Pro Starter Kit (which includes the headset and controllers but not base stations) costs $799.

The Verdict

So, is the Valve Index worth it over the Vive? It depends on what you prioritize in a VR headset. If you value a high refresh rate, wider field of view, better subpixel density, and no screen door effect – then yes, it’s worth it. But if you prefer OLED displays with deeper blacks and brighter whites or wireless capabilities – then perhaps stick with the HTC Vive.

No matter which option you choose though, both headsets provide an immersive VR experience that will take your gaming to new heights!