We’ve been impatiently waiting to see when we can place an order for the HTC Vive, the company’s VR headset that was made in collaboration with Valve. After the Oculus Rift came out with a pretty hefty price tag, everyone was hoping HTC and Valve could undercut them a bit to create a more affordable virtual reality experience, but unfortunately, it looks like it’s going to be more expensive than most of the other devices announced at MWC this year.
Preorders for the Vive go live next week, and you can secure one for $799. Granted, that’s quite a bit of cash, but you’ll get two controllers with the package, the headset, and the movement sensors to use the headset in a room. For comparison, the Oculus Rift only comes with an Xbox One controller for input. The package also includes two games (Job Simulator and Fantastic Contraption) so there’s quite a bit of extra stuff here to try to justify that wallet-smashing price tag.
The Vive will start shipping and be publicly available in April, so you’ve got a few months to decide. I think it’s going to take a few years before VR becomes a commercially viable product, like any new tech, but there will surely be some early adopters willing to front the cash to be one of the first to use it.
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