Controllers

Your hands, in VR

Designed from the ground up to enable natural interactions, high-fidelity hand presence, and long-term comfort.

Grab, drop, throw

Interact with your environment, objects, and people just like you do in the real world. Valve Index Controllers combine complex sensor inputs to give you smarter hands in VR, unlocking a wide variety of new interactions, experiences, and gestures.

Natural, direct input

Valve Index Controllers let you reach out and grab an object directly, rather than relying on abstractions like triggers. Hold up two fingers to make the peace sign, or drop objects by just opening your hand - just like in real life.

Sensor fusion

Each controller uses 87 sensors to track hand position, finger position, motion, and pressure to determine user intent. All of these signals, combined with fine-tuned software and algorithms, give us a better understanding of how a player is holding and using the controllers.

Throwing

Enabling natural and accurate open-handed throwing was a high priority for the team, and we used every sensor at our disposal. Optical and motion sensors provide velocity and trajectory, capacitive and force sensors help determine the intended release point, and our fine-tuned algorithms and software bring it all together into a usable input / output. The end result is an intuitive and natural-feeling throw.

Rock, paper, scissors

Low-latency finger tracking fosters deeper immersion and a wide range of gestures and expressions. Every hand is different, so the controller constantly re-calibrates itself to match your hand size and changing skin capacitance.

Adjustable and secure

Designed specifically for open-handed interactions and longer play sessions.

Open-hand interactions

The hand strap allows you to open your whole hand to drop or throw an object. This strap is easy to secure, and it adjusts at three points to fit a wide variety of hands - so you can focus on the game, and not hanging onto your controller.

Long-term comfort

Since these controllers are worn instead of held, during a play session you can take breaks - fully relaxing your hands because they don't need to constantly grip the controllers. As with all Valve Index hardware, the controller straps are made with an anti-microbial, moisture-wicking, and easy to clean fabric.

Input for all interactions

Standard gaming inputs

With a full complement of buttons, triggers, and thumbsticks, all of your favorite Steam titles will just work. With the new SteamVR Input System, developers and players can re-bind and customize controls for any controller with any game.

Squeeze-ability

The main body of each controller is your grip input, with built-in force sensors tuned to detect a wide range of forces from a light touch to a firm squeeze. This not only improves natural actions like grabbing and throwing objects, but introduces new interactions like squeezing and crushing. If a developer or player prefers the grip to behave like a binary button, they can do so with haptic output.

Track button

The oval button on the face has force and capacitive sensors so it can be used as a trackpad, a scroll wheel, or as a simple big binary button with haptics. The force sensor enables analog actions such as pinching or pressing.

Tech specs

Inputs

A Button, B Button, System Button, Trigger, Thumbstick, Track Button with Force Sensor, Grip Force Sensor, Finger Tracking, IMU

Ergonomics

Adjustable strap with pivot, antimicrobial tech fabric

Connections

USB-C, 2.4GHz Wireless

Haptics

HD LRA

Battery Life

7+ hours

Charging

900mA fast charging, 1100mAh capacity Li-Ion polymer battery

Tracking

SteamVR 2.0 sensors, compatible with SteamVR 1.0 and 2.0 Base Stations

Valve Index

Available a la carte or as a complete kit through the Steam Store.