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Vive pre-orders open today, international prices confirmed

By Dan Pearson

Vive pre-orders open today, international prices confirmed

Tue 01 Mar 2016 1:33pm GMT / 8:33am EST / 5:33am PST
HardwareVirtual Reality

UPDATE: HTC rep claims Vive racked up 15,000 pre-orders in ten minutes

Valve and HTC's VR collaboration, the Vive headset, opens for pre-orders today. International pricing has been confirmed and the details of the bundled software revealed, with orders heading out to customers on April 5 this year.

Valve and HTC's VR collaboration, the Vive headset, opens for pre-orders today. International pricing has been confirmed and the details of the bundled software revealed, with orders heading out to customers on April 5 this year.

Included with the headset are positional trackers, two touch controllers and three pieces of software: Fantastic Contraption, Tilt Brush and Job Simulator. Orders are limited to one per customer and open at 3pm UK time, or 10am EST.

The package will cost $799 in the US, 689 in the UK and €899 in the rest of Europe. Full pricing details for other regions are available on the Vive Blog.

As expected, the pricing makes Vive the premium option for home VR at the moment, with Sony's PSVR pricing expected to slightly undercut Oculus Rift's cost of $599 when it's announced later this year. However, the Vive is currently the only device to offer room scale VR.

Update: The first indication of just how popular the HTC Vive will be among early adopters has been tweeted by Shen Ye, a VR product specialist at the company. According to Ye, the SteamVR headset received more than 15,000 pre-orders in virtually no time at all.

Additional reporting by Matthew Handrahan.

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5 Comments

Carl Hudson Studying Computer Science, University of Adelaide

71 87 1.2
Later this year being in 2 weeks time :) (for PSVR announcement) March 15, 2016

All these high-end prices make it a very niche product for at least a year or two before I can see them coming down to anything mass-consumer.

Wait and see what Sony does I suppose.

Sony only get one shot at this.. PC /mobile get multiple choice.

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Carl Hudson on 29th February 2016 6:04pm

Posted:2 months ago

#1

Andrew Jakobs Lead Programmer

288 142 0.5
899 euro for the set and a whopping 73 euro's for shipping........

Posted:2 months ago

#2
Right now I'm testing the waters with a Gear VR, which is nice enough, and if Sony releases their headset at a reasonable price, I'll get it too. About the PC headsets, I'll wait untill people give feedback about performance with different PC builds. Mine should in theory be enough, but if not, I would have to add a new mobo,CPU and memory to the price of the VR headset, which is not cool.

Posted:2 months ago

#3

Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing

1,431 1,763 1.2
Mainstream: stuff you can buy anywhere.

Enthusiast: stuff you can still generally buy on Amazon and any town with more than 10k people living there.

This: stuff you order from an Irish distributor for video games?

Just forget the 70 shipping costs and expected warranty nightmares for a second. You are telling me that a company which has its products on every webshop and at any physical retailer, HTC, can only sell its new product using this? A few weeks back, I may have thought Sony is about to slaughter the competition by means of price and IPs. Today it seems Sony is in a position to win this based purely on the fact that they are the only ones to get their product to something people know is a trustworthy and reputable (online) shop.

Posted:2 months ago

#4

Chris Payne Associate Lead Programmer, Traveller's Tales

170 555 3.3
They'll be making little enough profit per unit as it is without the retailer taking a cut as well. They know that early adopters will happily make the effort to buy it direct. No-one's going to pick up a Vive because they stumbled across it in ASDA while doing their shopping.

Posted:2 months ago

#5

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