HTC Vive Price and Requirements Revealed

As it is now in 2016, the idea of virtual reality has become more of, well, a reality. Many big names are throwing their hats into the mix such as...
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    As it is now in 2016, the idea of virtual reality has become more of, well, a reality. Many big names are throwing their hats into the mix such as Oculus, Sony, Samsung, and more recently, HTC. This past Sunday at Mobile World Congress, the final details on HTC's Vive were released. Could it be the savior for this company whose profits have been consistently dwindling in recent years?

    Coming in with a whopping $800 price tag, it's putting quite the distinction between the popular Oculus Rift's $600 cost. Included with the headset are two wireless controllers, two wall units that track your position, and a hub that will collect all the data and send it to your PC. Two games will also be included: Job Simulator and Fantastic Contraption. It's quite the bundle and at the end of the day, it actually includes more than the Rift does. Hopefully it all justifies the comparatively larger price tag that is accompanying the Vive.

    The Vive will be boasting a slew of new improvements and features, like a much more comfortable microphone and two wireless wall units, making an improvement over its bulky and wired predecessor. Another nice feature being presented is fully integrated phone functionality, effectively allowing you to remain connected to the real world without leaving your virtual one.

    HTC's Vive will be launching in early April in the US, UK, Canada, and many other countries, with pre-orders being available starting February 29. Its required specs include an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 - or AMD's equivalent, the R9 270 - an Intel i5-4590 or AMD's FX 8350, 4GB of RAM, and it is supporting Windows 7 and above. If you'd like to see if your system is capable of running VR, Valve has been kind enough to release software for that.

    Though many are most likely finding the cost of the Vive to be unappealing, many sources such as Cnet seem to think it is justified. This year is being considered "the year of virtual reality," and HTC's Vive may be a competent contender in the virtual reality race. Come April, we'll see how the Vive competes against the rest of the virtual reality headsets at play and if it can give HTC a much needed break.

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  1. Skepta
  2. 3xTiNcT
    I don't see any of these going for a low price.
    1. Noobert
      It's $800. It comes with the Headset, two wireless controllers, two wall units for tracking your position, and a hub that connects all wires to your PC. You also get 2 Games to install with through steam.
    2. 3xTiNcT
      Still expensive, just doesn't seem worth it.
    3. Cheeze Its
      I agree 100% i don't think i would ever buy something like that.....
  3. Walteri
    Oh man.
    I wish I had the money for this.
    I'd love to see a 2x 980ti + 5820k + 32gb of ddr4 destroy the VR.
    But then again, maybe buy all that first. :cry:
  4. Noobert
    The 29th can't come soon enough, I can't wait to buy this!
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  5. Red58
    I found a cheaper way to do this with duct tape and a computer monitor. Total immersion.
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  6. TheItalianLad
    Microsofts VR looks the best, anyone know when that comes out? or the price on it??
    1. Darklumiere
      Microsoft is not making a VR set. They are making the Hololens.
  7. Cynder
    I'm actualy glad this is not over $1k. I had been worried about the price of the vive when HTC said suff about "Investment and premeum" when talking about there headset so seeing it as only $800 makes it seem a little more reasonable.

    Also VR is a starting market, alot of the things are going to be expensive as companies start looking for cheeper ways to make there systems the cheeper the price will get.
  8. televisedfool
    Might be a competetive product but the pricing is far from being competitive in the small VR market.

    Really interested now in seeing where sony's PS VR fits in on the pricing table.
    1. Chazay
      They are priced competitively compared to the Rift, based off what you get in the package.
    2. televisedfool
      Yeah but one thing history has shown is that consumers are not all into buying bundles. What about the users just looking for the VR equipment without the extras? I don't think they are as willing to go out and spend $800 as they would be say $500-$600
    3. denz
      I don't know, imo if you're an enthusiast and are willing to shell 600$ and assuming have all high end hardware to run it, what's an extra 200$ on the side for some controllers and not to be owned by facebook
  9. Chazay
    I am so excited for VR. I plan on purchasing this unit in the near future, after I do a major PC overhaul. Great write up Deadpool!
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