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 From:  Chris (CHRISSS)  
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Valve have released some info on their first homemade VR headset, the Index. There's plenty of specs, but little info on how good the headset is yet. It's looking like it should be a good step up from the Vive, and the Rift S looks like a downgrade in many ways.

I know some people here have a VR headset. Is it worth it? Do you use it much? I've been on the fence between the original Rift and a Vive for ages, but seriously tempted by the Index.

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 From:  Manthorp  
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I've got a Vive and I wouldn't be without VR for the world. It's a radically different experience to flat gaming. An evening of flat gaming leaves me stewing in unspent adrenalin and fucks up my sleep.  I come out of VR much as I would out of a dream (or back in the day, a trip), feeling exhilarated but calm, if that's not a contradiction in terms. It's cathartic.

Depending on the game, I can also come out with a sweat on (NJ) - Beat Saber and John Wick, for instance, both involve enough exercise to break a proper sweat.

I'm gritting my teeth ready to stump up for the Index because the reviews are so good.  There's a cheap upgrade path for Vive owners who, in theory, only need the new headset - though who is going buy a second-hand Vive headset off me without all the accompanying gubbins?  It probably makes more sense to sell the whole lot, double down on the teeth-gritting and buy a complete new Index setup.

"We all have flaws, and mine is being wicked."
James Thurber, The Thirteen Clocks 1951
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