What Software Do I Need for Valve Index?

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By Monica Bates

Valve Index is a high-end virtual reality headset that provides an immersive and realistic experience. If you are planning to purchase this device, you may be wondering what software you need to get started. In this article, we will discuss the software required for Valve Index and how to download and install it.


The first and foremost software you need for Valve Index is SteamVR. SteamVR is a virtual reality platform developed by Valve Corporation, the same company that created the Valve Index. It allows you to play VR games and experiences with your headset.

To download SteamVR, go to the Steam Store on your computer and search for “SteamVR.” Click on “Install” to start the download process. Once it’s downloaded, launch SteamVR from your library in the Steam app.

Valve Index Controllers

If you have purchased the Valve Index Controllers along with the headset, you will need to install their specific software as well. The controllers come with their own firmware that needs to be updated before use.

To update the firmware on your controllers, connect them to your computer using a USB cable and launch SteamVR. Go to “Settings” > “Devices” > “Update Firmware.” Follow the instructions on-screen to complete the update process.

Graphics Drivers

In order for Valve Index to work properly, you need up-to-date graphics drivers installed on your computer. Graphics drivers are responsible for rendering images on your screen and transmitting them to your headset.

To check if your graphics drivers are up-to-date, go to your computer’s Device Manager and look for any updates under “Display Adapters.” If there are updates available, download and install them before using Valve Index.

Additional Software

There are several additional software programs that can enhance your VR experience with Valve Index. These include:

  • OVR Toolkit: Allows you to use desktop windows in VR.
  • Advanced Settings: Provides additional settings and options for SteamVR.
  • Revive: Allows you to play Oculus-exclusive games on Valve Index.
  • Vorpx: Enables non-VR games to be played in VR.

To download and install these programs, visit their respective websites and follow the instructions provided.

In Conclusion

Valve Index provides a highly immersive VR experience, but it requires specific software to function correctly. SteamVR is the primary software needed to use the headset, while the Valve Index Controllers require their own firmware update.

Additionally, up-to-date graphics drivers are necessary for optimal performance. Finally, several optional programs can enhance your experience with Valve Index. By installing these programs, you can enjoy the full potential of this cutting-edge technology.