Valve Index Replacement Parts to be Officially Sold via iFixit
Valve will soon be selling the replacement parts for its Valve Index VR headset via the DIY repair community iFixit.
The company quietly revealed the information this week. It is also possible that other Index products such as base stations and controllers might also be sold through the site. The DIY repair community contains free repair guides and also offers repair tools and replacement parts for sale.
The platform frequently performs teardowns of new tech gadgets to explore how repairable they are. One of their more recent teardowns is that of an Oculus Quest headset. The company has also disassembled other major VR headsets the past few years although it is yet to do so for the Valve Index headset.
Valve didn’t exactly specify the kinds of Index replacement parts that it is planning to sell via iFixit although it stated that it is still “hammering out the details” and that additional details will be shared soon.
According to the announcement, Valve’s partnership will specifically cover replacement parts for the “Valve Index VR products” so it is possible that we could see parts for the Index headset, controllers, and the SteamVR Base Stations being sold via iFixit.
Valve isn’t the first VR company to go into such a partnership with iFixit. Last year, HTC entered into a similar arrangement with iFixit which covered a broad array of HTC replacement parts for its many headsets, including parts for power adapters, sensor arrays, replacement foam, and individual screws. HTC’s arrangement with iFixit also saw the DIY repair platform provide detailed disassembly and repair guides for HTC’s headsets and controllers. It is, therefore, likely that the community will give the Valve Index headset a similar treatment.
Valve’s latest move appears to be a bid to make a long-term commitment to its Valve Index headset, extending the headset’s lifespan. However, since it has been around for so long, Valve enthusiasts are also waiting for a new headset from the company. This will also provide out-of-warranty devices an option to keep operating in case something is damaged is in the headsets which could be fixed or replaced by technicians capable of disassembling the headset and controllers and addressing the problem. This also comes at an opportune moment as the Index headset is already more than 2.5 years old and is still flying off the shelves regardless of its $999 price tag and the availability of cheaper standalone alternatives like the Meta Quest 2. The Valve Index’s strong points are its best-in-class tracking performance and impressive audio quality. However, its 1600 x 1440 resolution, once a top performer has since been surpassed by Meta Quest 2’s 1832 x 1920 resolution and HTC Vive Pro 2’s 2448 x 2448 resolution.
There are reports that Valve is working on a successor to the Valve Index although it is not likely to launch any time soon.