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29. February 2016

 

So today marks the first day you can place an order for the HTC Vive, the VR headset that came via a collaboration between HTC and Valve.  If you though the Oculus Rift was expensive take a deep breath... the HTC Vive is $800USD, plus shipping, as seen from their online store:

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This is a $200 increase over the Oculus Rift’s cost, however this bundle also includes two wireless controllers while the Rift only included the bundled (and mostly unwanted) Xbox controller.  The Vive pre-order also comes with the games Job Simulator, Fantastic Contraption and Tilt Brush.

 

Anyways, back to the HTC Vive.  Pre-orders will start shipping in April 2016.  I have to assume orders will be fulfilled in a first come, first served basis.

Personally I was extremely pumped for VR.  Then over the holidays I got a $100 Samsung GearVR and truly the future had arrived.  That said, with these initial price tags ( other than the GearVR that is ), VR is going to be niche only for quite a while unfortunately.  One more chance at a reasonable price with the PlayStation VR... but this is Sony we are talking here.

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