Maybe VR isn't dead after all... - Valve Index Review

  • Published: 12 August 2019
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  • Phillipe
    Phillipe  7 days back

    Oculus Rift S, anyone? Linus forgot to mention it entirely!!!!!!! No need for extra cameras at all, for $ 400, it’s a good VR headset...

    • Claxvii 177th
      Claxvii 177th  3 hours back

      Oculus rift s has some reliability issues, a late review is advised

    • Adrian
      Adrian  6 hours back

      @Linus Tech Tips HTC Cosmos is almost out, cannot wait for your review!

    • Solarizer
      Solarizer  7 hours back

      @Linus Tech Tips I would also like to see the review on the Rift S, but those index controllers and the game Boneworks looks very good!

    • Guybrush Threepwood
      Guybrush Threepwood  8 hours back

      I upgraded from CV1 to a Rift S. I find it miles ahead of Cv1, and currently the best bang for your buck. Ocant say I've noticed the stop to 80hz, and everything is buttery smooth, image clarity is miles better, I can read everything in cockpits while playing DCS.

      Yes the built in audio is shit, but it has a jack, my astros fit over the top x and I use 5.1s most of the time. Even with that, it's still excellent value.

      Index is no doubt better, but not twice the price better, given how fast VR tech is moving, Rift S is a better short term investment

    • Darron Edwards
      Darron Edwards  23 hours back

      @Zenroy Other way around for me chap, had the Lenovo WMR and it was pretty dire IMO ....sold it and bought a Rift S....a lot more compatibility and it just works. Each to their own though.

  • Lucas
    Lucas  8 minutes back

    You let your daughter play... mmmmmmmm...

    • // Deadset
      // Deadset  35 minutes back

      Linus looks like the type of guy that would enjoy a strap on experience

      • Aldo
        Aldo  59 minutes back

        Is there a video from when he built that mini PC?

        • William Schwamberger
          William Schwamberger  2 hours back

          9:03 can we all take a minute to appreciate the Wii U?

          • King DarkSide
            King DarkSide  2 hours back

            Strap on experience, he says.

            • Andrej Cepak
              Andrej Cepak  2 hours back

              1. Let the kid play Linus..
              2. You're tired from a VR game... get some running or cyclin machines in that loungee of yours .. .p

              • LoneN00b
                LoneN00b  2 hours back

       one's going to comment on the strap-on experience bit eh? .......not even a giggle? ....mmmkay lol.

                • Blayde Marga
                  Blayde Marga  2 hours back

                  we need *Linus* *Socks* *Tips*

                  • Juckey
                    Juckey  2 hours back

                    "I still wish it was more of a strap-on experience"

                    All it needed was "speaking of strap-ons" transition and it would've been perfect.

                    • Dennis Tman
                      Dennis Tman  3 hours back

                      lol curious kitty

                      • Claxvii 177th
                        Claxvii 177th  3 hours back

                        Play's beat saber and comments right after.... lol of course linus would be out of breath

                        • Misty Quadrucci
                          Misty Quadrucci  4 hours back

                          more kitties!

                          • Uku Sibul
                            Uku Sibul  4 hours back

                            More LinusCatTips videos, please

                            • Matt Nicetunes
                              Matt Nicetunes  5 hours back

                              I missed everything he was talking about, whenever the cat was in the picture. :)

                              • NFSDriver
                                NFSDriver  5 hours back

                                cats will never get tired of sitting in a box

                                • JemiLee DaBear
                                  JemiLee DaBear  5 hours back

                                  Only one dissadvantage for me.

                                  Insufficient wallet

                                  • MD.Nafis Adnan
                                    MD.Nafis Adnan  6 hours back

                                    Hay that's my cat 🐈 .

                                    • The Raddest Scorpion
                                      The Raddest Scorpion  6 hours back

                                      Shadow is the best cat.

                                      • DeafBlindMan
                                        DeafBlindMan  6 hours back

                                        Tried the vive once at a mall demo.. they asked me for comments and i was like: more fps, more fov, more resolution. Almost there but not quite. This could be the first passable vr set. The original vive was a nice proof of concept, but was very underwhelming and pretty lacking if you're used to playing pc games at high fps. Btw that finger tracking latency is so high i almost threw up looking at the video...

                                        • Viktor Pat
                                          Viktor Pat  7 hours back

                                          What katana is that in the backround?

                                          • Erik Püllenberg
                                            Erik Püllenberg  7 hours back

                                            You can do a minor bit of modding and actually adjust the angle at which the sabers protrude from your controller, youre not alone with that problem

                                            • RetroProfessional
                                              RetroProfessional  7 hours back

                                              4:37 uwu a kitty cat

                                              • Jonas Vilander
                                                Jonas Vilander  8 hours back


                                                • Cris Chapilliquen
                                                  Cris Chapilliquen  8 hours back

                                                  Your cat needs to be in more videos

                                                  • Ida Bagus Jaya Sukarya
                                                    Ida Bagus Jaya Sukarya  8 hours back

                                                    The logo reminds me of MasterCard

                                                    • Reprisal
                                                      Reprisal  9 hours back

                                                      Down vote for trash 18:9 aspect ratio.

                                                      • Andrew Howard
                                                        Andrew Howard  9 hours back

                                                        Cats and tech reviews go well together.

                                                        • elides1
                                                          elides1  10 hours back

                                                          Crying in poor as i wait till christmas for the oculus quest :c

                                                          • Joan Ciao
                                                            Joan Ciao  10 hours back

                                                            good kitty

                                                            • Kaligath
                                                              Kaligath  11 hours back

                                                              Now i would love to hear how you make the HTC vive wands into leg trackers due to we have knuckles now as our main hand controllers.

                                                              • Yehia Elzatahry
                                                                Yehia Elzatahry  11 hours back

                                                                From where did you get it

                                                                • Ginger Ninger
                                                                  Ginger Ninger  12 hours back

                                                                  I feel like for me at least, this would be a fairly pointless upgrade, I can see the befits, that's for sure, but I can't justify the extra expense just so I can see a little further a little better, room scale is what sold me on the vive having gone from the Rift DK2. What I really need to do is get some funds together so I can upgrade my VR machine, when I was using my main PC I could absolutely play better than I currently can with my dedicated. i5 3570 is doing it's best.

                                                                  • meme man
                                                                    meme man  12 hours back

                                                                    I know it's definitely pretty far removed from when you filmed (and you might've figured it out already) but taking the frunk cover off improves thermals a fair bit, so if your face is getting hot or if your headset's getting a lil warm for your liking you can do that

                                                                    • Stuff On Saturday
                                                                      Stuff On Saturday  13 hours back

                                                                      VR is not dead... although a 999$ System might not be the best way to say it is still alive😃

                                                                      Dad got a Victormaxx Stuntmaster back in 97.
                                                                      We bought the Vive for 799$ when it came out.
                                                                      The Quest 399$ when it came out.

                                                                      Cannot currently justify the 999$ expense for this system.
                                                                      We are currently enjoying our Quest thou.

                                                                      • Anders Schulze
                                                                        Anders Schulze  13 hours back

                                                                        C A T

                                                                        • Saulo Benigno
                                                                          Saulo Benigno  15 hours back

                                                                          What a big trouble to setup this thing .... Oculus Quest anyone?

                                                                          • haui
                                                                            haui  15 hours back

                                                                            3:59 $1000 gear now with broken cable.

                                                                            • RubberBoa
                                                                              RubberBoa  16 hours back

                                                                              Why was the cat inside the box?

                                                                              • 2ndLastJedi
                                                                                2ndLastJedi  17 hours back


                                                                                • 2ndLastJedi
                                                                                  2ndLastJedi  17 hours back

                                                                                  How far down the road can you see in say Assetto Corsa or Project CARS 2? I sold my Rift because I didn't like how far I could see in racing Sims.

                                                                                  • Toxically Masculine
                                                                                    Toxically Masculine  17 hours back

                                                                                    gosh nice gimbal

                                                                                    • CybershamanX
                                                                                      CybershamanX  17 hours back

                                                                                      (11:40) Heh. Linus is all out of breath. ;) Yeah, I wonder how much people actually consistently play their full body VR games. Every time I see someone play, they get tired pretty quick. :P

                                                                                      • Patrox92
                                                                                        Patrox92  18 hours back

                                                                                        Pimax 5K+ is also really nice VR headset if u want 170 horizontal FOV. If u try once u never gonna back to 120 FOV ;)

                                                                                        • Denu 187
                                                                                          Denu 187  18 hours back

                                                                                          $1000 for a VR headset to play crappy indie games... what a huge lol

                                                                                          • Moustache Spy
                                                                                            Moustache Spy  18 hours back

                                                                                            Why didnt you play the actual hands demo? You mostly played games that barely support the index. You also neglected to mention that the fingertracking improves over time with sustained use

                                                                                            • dwkwb8
                                                                                              dwkwb8  18 hours back

                                                                                              980ti??? Shame.

                                                                                              • Ben Vernon
                                                                                                Ben Vernon  18 hours back

                                                                                                My god, cats are such dicks. Why do people own them? 🤦‍♂️😑