Valve accidentally leaked its own official Valve Index virtual reality headset reveal today. The official Steam product page for the Valve Index went live for a brief moment before getting pulled. Valve says it plans for a proper unveiling on May 1, with shipments going out in June.
Earlier today @Wario64 spotted a very much work-in-progress Steam product page for the Valve Index headset. Valve teased its original VR kit last Friday with a small teaser, but the product page offered the first real look at the Valve Index from a front-forward perspective.
You can see two sensors, a transparent panel, and unique to the Valve Index, integrated, open-back earphones. Open-back earphones allow for some outside noise to filter in, so it could make it easier to be aware of your non-VR surroundings with the Index on.
The Steam storepage looked like it was still being written, as evidenced by the placeholder text littered throughout the page. But the page was still fruitful, as we got some hardware specs and requirements which Valve confirmed were accurate but "not comprehensive."
It seems the Valve Index will ship with a headset, integrated headphones, a power adapter, regionalized power adapter plugs, two face gaskets (narrow and wide), and a cleaning cloth. The Valve Index supports DisplayPort 1.2 and USB 3.0, and in the system requirements it lists a Nvidia 1070 GPU or better and a Quad Core + processor.
The Verge reports that the Valve Knuckles motion controllers are now renamed the Valve Index Controllers, and will ship with the Valve Index headsets in June. The Steam page has since been pulled, and we'll hear more about it on May 1.
Valve has a vested interest in VR technology through its ventures with HTC on the HTC Vive and SteamVR support. Plus, Valve founder Gabe Newell has been saying for years that the company is developing three full VR games.
We'll hopefully hear about all those games, and more, on May 1 when Valve officially unveils the Steam Index VR headset.