HTC Vive VR Headset Receives a $200 Discount

The HTC Vive was launched to the public in April past year, and has since become one of the most popular virtual reality systems in the world. It also launched the "Rift Summer Sale" on July 10, which reduced the price of the Rift and Touch controllers to just $399 for a limited time.

HTC is cutting the price of its Vive VR headset by $200, reducing the suggested retail price of the high-end VR device to $599. By launching Vive VR headset supporting roomscale VR from day one, Vive platform grew first on "joined-at-hip" partnership with Valve, adding its own Viveport marketplace in the process. In the United Kingdom, the Vive is now £160 cheaper meaning that it will now cost you a mere £599.

As noted by Engadget, HTC most likely lowered the price of the Vive VR to better compete against the Oculus Rift with Touch, which is now available for $399. For that, we'll need further price cuts, advancements and adoption beyond gaming (Facebook).

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The Viveport subscription lets gamers try out up to five titles per month from the most popular pieces of VR content including Google's Tilt Brush, Everest VR and Richie's Plank Experience. The price drop is good news for the tech enthusiasts as $200 is an impressive amount to save. However, Vive co-creator Valve has been showing off one upgrade that might not come out for a while: a set of majorly redesigned motion controllers.

O'Brien notes that HTC has upgraded elements like the Vive's cable system without declaring a new generation of hardware, and says that kind of iterative design will probably continue for some time. Although this is still $100 more than the Rift/Touch kit, at least the Vive headset has become somewhat more affordable now. "We're focused on delivering both great value together with the best VR experience on the market and we're excited to lead the way in bringing VR to the mainstream".

  • Toni Ryan