- $115 - Up to 3 Nights
- $129 - Up to 5 Nights
- $143 - Up to 7 Nights
- Long Term Rentals Available
+ Refundable Security Deposit of $199 per rental (not per item)
- Desktop PC
- 2x Light Stands
Valve, creator of Half Life Alyx and SteamVR, have released their own virtual reality headset; the Valve Index. It's not yet avaliable to purchase in New Zealand (and unfortunately sold out in the US until Feburary 2020 or beyond), but you can rent them here. With the most accurate tracking system out there, a very high resolution display, a super smooth refresh rate of up to 144 Hz compared to the usual 80 to 90 Hz of other VR headsets, and booming audio speakers, this headset is full of cool tech.
The controllers are just as impressive too, with finger tracking and a strap that allows you to let go of the controller without ever really letting go. Built-in force sensors also let it detect everything from a light touch up to a firm squeeze. Large built-in rechargable batteries also mean the controllers can go 7 hours at a time between charges.
You get that 360˚ motion tracking thanks to two base stations that can be up to 7 meters apart. That gives you a maximum play space of 10 x 10 meters, and if you have one than one headset, you can split that space up until multiple zones. The tracking system is also 100% compatible with our Vive Pro headsets too.
- Valve Index Headset
- 1 x VR Cover
- 1 x Headset 'Cradle' adapter (perfect for smaller heads)
- 1 x 5 meter headset cable + 1m breakaway cable
- 2 x Wireless Motion Controllers
- 2 x Base Stations
- 2 x Clamps for Base Stations (clamp onto a flat surface up to about 4cm thick)
- 2 x USB C Controller Charging Cables
- 3 x Power Supplies
- 1 x Cleaning Cloth
Details on how the rental works, comparisons of the different headsets, frequently asked questions and more, are all available in our Virtual Reality Rental Guide.
Steam offers a free SteamVR Performance Test which be used to benchmark your PC, showing you how well it may run VR.
The minimum system requirements for the headset include:
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 / GTX 970, AMD RX 480 equivalent or better
CPU: Intel i5-4590, AMD Ryzen 5 1600
RAM: 8 GB or more
Video Output: Display Port 1.2 Output (Note: It doesn't work with HDMI or DisplayPort to HDMI adapters)
USB Port: 1x USB 3.0 or better
Operating System: Windows 10, SteamOS or Linux
Note: The Valve Index is recommended for indoor use, and we cannot guarantee the tracking will work outdoors.
You need a minimum of 1 x 1 meter of free space to use the Index, however some content will work best with a minimum play area of 2 x 1.5 meters. The two base stations need:
- Higher than anyone who will be standing or sitting in the area
- In opposite corners from each other, with clear light of sight to each other
- No more than 7 meters apart
- Each base station has a power cable which needs plugging in
We include clamps, which attach to the sensor, and clamp onto a flat surface up to about 4cm thick. If there's nowhere to attach those however, we also rent 1.8 meter tall light stands, but they do take up more floor space.
Running more than one Index close by can be glitchy because of interface from multiple sets of base stations. However, you can put multiple headsets within the 10 x 10 meter space covered by one set of base stations, and that works perfectly. Any combination of Valve Index and HTC Vive Pro headsets will work, and of course their controllers. Otherwise you can also seperate them by thick fabric or other surfaces which is how VR arcades run multiple Vive in one room.
Aside from the gear we provide, you may need a desktop PC. If you don't have a suitable PC, we also rent those. You just need a monitor or a TV with an HDMI input (almost any TV in the past 10 years, and most monitors).