HTC Vive VR gaming headset gets huge £200 price cut in UK

22 August, 2017, 00:28 | Author: Bridget Leonard
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The company expects the current HTC Vive model to remain relevant in the VR market for the foreseeable future through the end of 2018.

That recent Oculus Rift price reduction and sale must've moved a lot of on-the-fence VR adopters into action. HTC Vive announced today that they're dropping the tethered VR headset's price $200 specifically to make it more accessible to the mass market. Now a majority of people crave to own a VR headset to experience this novelty or simply as a status symbol. In the United Kingdom, the Vive is now £160 cheaper meaning that it will now cost you a mere £599.

The Vive headset price has been lowered by $200/£200 to $599 in the USA and £599 in the United Kingdom - though that is still $200/£200 considerably more expensive than the price of an Oculus Rift VR headset and Touch controllers at its current limited time only price. Google, Apple, Intel, UPS, Volkswagon, SalesForce and dozens of other global brands have all lined up with Vive for their VR efforts, and there's more to come in the back half of the year. For that, we'll need further price cuts, advancements and adoption beyond gaming (Facebook).

As reported by Polygon, the discounted package comes with the headset, two motion controllers, and two wall-mounted sensors that are used to deliver "room-scale" virtual reality. Oculus in July said that its Rift and Touch were available for $399 for a limited time. That's a full $200 less than its launch price just over a year ago.

Reducing the price of Vive was a no-brainer for HTC since the price difference between the Vive and the Rift was just too large (both started at $800 at launch).

We're not going to be coy about it, we absolutely love the HTC Vive. The rival VR headset is now $399 during the limited-time sale, and will cost $499 when it is over.

The platform has mostly been populated by short experiences, but we're expecting to see a raft of premium AAA content arriving shortly, including Fallout 4 and Doom VFR from Bethesda.



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