HTC Vive to be Priced at $799, Pre-orders Up February 29

HTC Vive to be Priced at $799, Pre-orders Up February 29

All hope lies in PSVR, now.

Michelle McLean by Michelle McLean on Feb 21, 2016 @ 02:29 PM (Staff Bios)
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The HTC Vive's price and details are here, and it's... not as competitive as we would hope with the Oculus Rift. Many of us were secretly hoping for a cheaper price--say, $500--but that's far from the case. The price has been leaked this morning in advance of its expected announcement at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

It turns out that the VR headset will be a nice, cool $799.

Ouch. The Vive will be shipping with two controllers, one for each hand, and two base stations to track the user's movement in the room. There will be two games bundled too: Job Simulator and Fantastic Contraption.

Pre-orders for the HTC Vive will begin on February 29, though the devices will be shipped in April. Is it a good deal? Well, people are starting to see the Oculus as a great deal, I'm sure, but there are a couple of points to take into account when justifying the price of the HTC Vive. Unlike the Oculus Rift, the HTC Vive has a tracking area of 15 x 15 feet, a laser position sensor, and a front-facing camera. Not only that, but it will ship with two controllers, where as the Oculus Touch hasn't been released yet. It probably won't be cheap either. Either way, looks like I am definitely holding out to see the PSVR's price tag, and with analysts stating that it could potentially cost $300 or $428 bundled, it could be a big winner in terms of VR, even if it isn't as powerful as the Rift or Vive. That said, I seriously doubt it will be $300.

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