The Valve Index digital actuality system for PCs is now back-ordered till after Christmas in the U.S., based on its Steam store page.

This comes simply over per week after the announcement of Half-Life: Alyx, Valve’s first “flagship” VR sport. The retailer web page merely lists “due to recent high demand”, however Alyx is the apparent perpetrator given this type of backorder scenario hasn’t occurred since Index launched.

All purchases of the Valve Index earlier than the top of the 12 months will obtain a free copy of the in any other case $60 sport plus some extras like “environments from Half-Life: Alyx in your SteamVR Home space” and “Alternate gun skins to embellish Alyx’s arsenal.” Additionally, a number of the sport’s elective interactions will only be possible with the Index controllers.

The Valve Index is priced steep at $999 for the total bundle. That’s greater than double the value of the Oculus Rift S. In reality, you can purchase all three of Facebook’s headsets for that value.

But for that value, customers get, arguably, the best overall VR experience available. The high refresh charge makes transferring round really feel actual, the audio high quality is elegant, the controllers enable for pure intuitive interplay, and the broader area of view immerses you extra into the digital world.

However, nice {hardware} doesn’t promote with out nice content material. In reality, the corporate’s personal Hardware Survey signifies that the Index currently makes up less than 5% of VR headsets on Steam.

What it does inform us, nevertheless, is that demand has considerably elevated, and that occurred after Alyx exhibits that precise AAA video games from an organization (that’s at its coronary heart a sport developer) is what it takes to essentially kickstart curiosity in VR {hardware}.

That’s a lesson Sony and Facebook already realized, and it’s nice to see Valve display its understanding of that precept too.

This story initially appeared on Copyright 2019