Costing $200 more than the Oculus Rift headset, the virtual reality headset HTC Vive will cost $800. It will be available in April, just a month later than the Rift.
The Mobile World Congress announced the price of the HTC Vive and also that it will be available for pre-order on February 29th. Included in the Consumer Edition along with the headset are a link box, wireless controllers, two base stations and Vive earbuds. VP of HTC Dan O’Brien claims that Vive does things that other headset on the market can’t do.
The big win for Vive is; their Consumer Edition providing controllers and Rift having a Xbox One controller and remote control. Rift won’t be selling their touch controllers for some months, and O’Brien considers this way of selling less compelling.
Job Simulator and Fantastic Contraption are free with the Vive, and March’s Game Developers Conference will see more announced. Valve’s Steam Platform will sell the games – so another win for the Vive.
After being tested by GameSpot, the conclusion was that they are superior to any other device on the market when it comes to virtual reality. Playstation VR is also being launched by Sony later in the year although the cost has not yet been announced.