HTC Vive VR Headset Launches in April, Costs $799 USD

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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.”



 

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Comments Comments (5)

 
Posted by LukeB
On Monday 22 Feb 2016 9:43 AM
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So excited to get my hands on one of these! If the quality of the hardware, and exclusives are good enough, I could totally see myself owning two or three VR headsets by the end of the year... I wonder how easy it is to get mannequin heads to store them all on.
 
 
 
Posted by tom_nz
On Monday 22 Feb 2016 2:03 PM
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Will wait and see how the vive and the rift compare once they're both out and how much they both actually cost to us NZers from retailers. Still hyped for VR, so hyped I bought myself a DK2 recently and am loving it!
 
 
 
Posted by guido
On Monday 22 Feb 2016 2:44 PM
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OK, so with Oculus at USD599 and Vive at USD799 will Sony shoot the gap at USD699 or undercut everyone at USD499? I'm thinking that have to go in at USD499 because as good as their system reportedly is I don't think it is as high end as the other offerings??
 
 
 
Posted by LukeB
On Monday 22 Feb 2016 4:01 PM
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22 February 2016, 02:44 PM Reply to guido
OK, so with Oculus at USD599 and Vive at USD799 will Sony shoot the gap at USD699 or undercut everyone at USD499? I'm thinking that have to go in at USD499 because as good as their system reportedly is I don't think it is as high end as the other offerings??
Real question is, if it's at USD499, will that include the PS Camera and PS Move controllers? Or will they be an extra USD100+

Exciting times. Looking forward to seeing what Sony decide to price it at - and what price MS eventually announces HoloLens at :)
 
 
 
Posted by guido
On Tuesday 23 Feb 2016 4:25 PM
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22 February 2016, 04:01 PM Reply to LukeB
Real question is, if it's at USD499, will that include the PS Camera and PS Move controllers? Or will they be an extra USD100+

Exciting times. Looking forward to seeing what Sony decide to price it at - and what price MS eventually announces HoloLens at :)
Pure speculation but my guess is that they would be extra. The Oculus price doesn't include the touch controllers (it does include an Xbox controller however PS4 owners for sure already have a DS4). So there's room to have a USD599 PS VR bundle with everything included for those that don't already have Moves/camera and still be competitive on price.