Valve and HTC have announced that pre-orders for the Vive VR Headset will open at 4am NZT on March 1, ahead of an April release, but buying it will set you back at least $799 USD (around $1,200 NZD).
Included in the Vive VR consumer edition bundle is the headset itself, two wireless controllers, and room-scale movement sensors. For a limited time, it will also come with two "fully-fledged VR experiences": Job Simulator, and Fantastic Contraption. It'll be sold worldwide, but specifics of obtaining on in New Zealand - like local retailers, or shipping costs if you're buying direct from HTC - are yet to be announced.
The headset has SteamVR integration, which "ensures that all Vive equipment is kept up-to-date with the latest features," and it also has phone capabilities that allow users to receive and respond to calls and text messages. It boasts a 110-degree field of vision with a combined resolution of 2160 x 1200 and 90Hz refresh rate, as well as front-facing cameras to blend real-world elements into the virtual world.
“From the beginning, Vive has been at the forefront of virtual reality, with HTC pioneering several ground breaking technologies,” comments Cher Wang, chairwoman and CEO, HTC. “Since announcing Vive this time last year, we have worked tirelessly with Valve to deliver the best VR experience on the market, winning multiple awards and receiving critical acclaim from media, consumers and the industry. With the Vive consumer edition we are now able to realize our ultimate vision; bringing Vive into homes around the globe so that people can experience immersive virtual reality in a away that fires the imagination and truly changes the world.”