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Valve Index and Oculus Quest: What is the Direction for New VR developers?

Article by Moriah Iglesias, Public Relations

August 5, 2019 — With the launch of the Valve Index, speculation and questions surface regarding the market and access of such equipment. While The Valve Index has brought improvements to the field of virtual reality, the Oculus Quest introduces a more user friendly approach to the market. The costs surrounding each company’s hardware and equipment can have an impact on the size and range of the audience that is able to access it. Therefore, it is important for developers and companies to determine the best investment when looking into the use of virtual reality and the development of it from a business standpoint. Covalent strives to use technology that will continue to launch us into the future. Alongside that philosophy, it is vital to Covalent to accomplish the needs of our clients, create products that reach a wide audience, and continue frontline research in Oculus and the industry of virtual reality.  

What are the key factors of the Valve Index?

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The Valve Index brings new hardware advancements that are exciting to virtual reality development. The new hand controllers contain tracking properties that monitor the movement of hands when stationary and active. The headset contains unique qualities that improve the resolution and expands the range of view. The Valve Index hardware pieces are interchangeable with other system components (HTC Vive and HTC Vive Pro). However, the ValvIndex Headset is not wireless. The various improvements are accompanied by a massive jump in price. Therefore, the direction of the Valve Index is the current mystery regarding the hardware and future development. For more information regarding the pricing and specifics of the Valve Index, click the picture on the right. 

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The Oculus Quest and Covalent

The cutting edge hardware, wireless capability, and competitive market price of the Oculus Quest serves plenty of reasons for developers to continue on this path. However, the Oculus Quest does experience some interchangeability issues regarding the system. Covalent is at work finding new ways to transition content to different interfaces as improvements continue to roll out from Oculus.

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 Due to the affordability and wireless ability of the Oculus Quest and the remarkable technological improvement of the Valve Index, questions arise regarding which one is suited for developers and companies. Therefore, decisions regarding technology and hardware are vital to the future and success of any company. 

Covalent remains firm in their use and development of Oculus. With the growth seen in technology and costs associated with it, Covalent sees Oculus as a way to reach a variety of audiences and create connections. Covalent continues to research and find ways to solve problems with virtual reality hardware and use it across various platforms. The Quest provides an affordable route for new developers, reaches a wide audience, and encourages companies to integrate virtual reality.

 

“The Oculus Quest is the VR hardware we have been truly looking for. It breaks down the barrier between first time VR users and a variety of other communities. Technology that was once reserved for million dollar companies, is now available at the hands of new developers and people everywhere. Covalent conveys a story of success for new developers. The Oculus Quest provided an affordable path for use to reach this point in our company’s growth. We hope to continue the upward trajectory and reach new audiences within the tech community and beyond.”

Thomas Jackson, Founder and CEO of Covalent

Photo by Soumil Kumar.

What is the Direction for VR Developers and Companies?

Being a new VR developer is not easy and very few tech companies consider the high costs of it. The soaring costs of the Valve Index makes it difficult for new developers to stay up to date with hardware. The fast pace of technology creation and distribution is not proving to slow down anytime soon. Therefore, it would be smart for new developers to use technology such as the Oculus Quest. The lower costs of the Quest compared to that of the Valve Index allows developers to make minor adjustments to their equipment as time progresses. Maintaining the industry standard in technology is difficult. However, the Oculus has made it easy for new developers and companies to integrate equipment slowly. 

The Valve Index provides amazing improvements to the field of virtual reality. However, it may not be sustainable long-term for developers who are trying to make their mark within the community and beyond. However, the Oculus Quest provides affordable equipment and reaches a wide audience that includes a variety of communities. Let us know what you think about the release of the Valve Index. Feel free to share this article across all social platforms!

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