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Valve Index VR kits are available for order, but they won't ship for "more than 8 weeks"

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Update: We've got good news and bad news: Steam is now taking orders for the Valve Index VR headsets, but they won't start shipping until well after Half-Life: Alyx launches on March 20.

The Steam page for the Valve Index has been updated to accept orders for four different Valve Index VR kits (the base station alone is currently out of stock), but upon placing an order you'll be notified that your order won't ship for "more than 8 weeks." Unfortunately, that means if you don't already own a Valve Index, you likely won't be able to get one before Half-Life: Alyx releases.

It's worth noting that while Valve claims to have developed Half-Life: Alyx specifically for the Valve Index, you can still play the game using any Steam-compatible VR headset. That said, if you've had your eye on a Valve Index kit for a while, it might be worth considering placing an order now, as there's no telling when stock will be readily available again.

Original story:

The best VR kit for playing Half-Life: Alyx will be back in stock and available for purchase Monday, March 9, Valve has announced. The novel coronavirus had threatened to limit the availability of the Valve Index, which was sold out nearly everywhere in January, but it seems Valve is prepared with a fresh batch ahead of Half-Life: Alyx's March 23 release date.

Valve also shared two new Steam VR Home environments from Half-Life: Alyx, which you can explore right now if you already have a Valve Index. That should give you something to do in the arduous wait for the game's launch.

Of course, while Valve says the Index is the preferred headset for Half-Life: Alyx, there are other compatible VR kits. In fact, any Steam compatible headset will do, including Windows Mixed Reality, Oculus Rift, and even the standalone Oculus Quest via a link cable.

If you are planning on picking up a Valve Index, you can get the complete kit with the headset, controllers, two base stations, and a copy of Half-Life: Alyx for $999. Or, you can have the headset with controllers for $749, or the headset alone for $499.

Valve recently dropped three new Half-Life: Alyx gameplay videos spanning a glorious ten minutes. The videos focus on the game's movement, shooting, and physics, giving a short but sweet glimpse into the wonders - and horrors - you'll encounter when you finally strap in later this month.

Here are the best VR games to play while you wait for Half-Life: Alyx.