Valve’s hilarious Index dongle somehow makes VirtualLink complicated

Valve’s Index virtual reality headset is the first that can be plugged into VirtualLink, the USB-C port you’ll find on most Nvidia RTX 2070 and greater Nvidia RTX 20-series graphics cards. But it only partially earns this distinction, as Valve’s support for VirtualLink only goes as far as your willingness to buy a $40 dongle.

The promise of VirtualLink is to reduce the amount of cables and connections between the headset and your computer. This dongle can help you tidy things up, since it reduces the Index’s cable count and port requirement from three to one, all down to a single USB-C input that goes into your GPU.

Valve’s VirtualLink dongle

But turning VirtualLink into a dongle is a hilariously…

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