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HTC Vive Price Revealed

by Javy Gwaltney on Feb 21, 2016 at 04:55 AM

HTC has just revealed via a blog post the price for the Vive, a virtual reality headset developed by both HTC and Valve. The consumer edition of the VR headset will cost $799 and ship in early April with two games bundled with it, Fantastic Contraption and Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives.

The consumer edition will also include two wireless controllers and Vive Phone Services, which will let you make and receive both phone calls and messages while in the virtual world. Preorders for the headset will open at 10 a.m. Eastern on February 29.

You can read up on our history of the Vive's development here. We also recently got to spend time with several games playable on Vive (and other VR platforms) in an event put on by Valve and wrote about 10 that are worth checking out.

[Source: HTC Vive]

Our Take
 The Vive will cost $200 more than The Oculus Rift (though it's worth noting that The Vive ships with two wireless controllers while the Rift will ship with an Xbox One controller). That might be a hard pill to swallow for many given the varied reactions to the Rift's price reveal last month.

Like the Rift, The Vive's main hurdle will is selling the concept of virtual reality, something that needs to be experienced to understand, to consumers. The steeper price of admission will likely make that an even bigger issue, though VR arcades like Starbreeze's latest project might serve as a way for prospective consumers to test out the gear and help sway them.