If you live in the United States, the initial announcement stands that the upcoming HTC Vive virtual reality headset will set you back around $799. If you’re from Europe or basically any other country in the world, the cost of HTC and Valve’s platform will be going up.
It’s been a long time since we got the first set price of a virtual reality headset. That was the Oculus Rift, announcing that their device will come for $599. To think that ‘back then’, meaning only a few weeks ago, that was a price tag that sent gamers into a frenzy. It was too much, they said. It would lower its appeal, they said. They were wrong.
In spite of the high price announced, the initial set of Oculus Rift pre-orders sold out in just one hour. That’s 60 minutes of intense buying from prospective users.
HTC Vive was already estimated to be more expensive, even without an official announcement. Analysists suggested that the VR headset will go for around $1,500 yet that was a mere theory that was luckily proven wrong. The official number was set at $799, twice less than it was estimated, but still quite a lot. It was a full $200 more expensive than the Oculus Rift, though some believe the extra gear arriving with HTC Vive will be worth it.
The headgear will arrive with two Lighthouse sensors to place around the house, and two virtual reality games. Those are just part of the package. Unlike Oculus Rift though, HTC Vive will also include two motion controllers from the start. Oculus will ship them separately later this year, and if their price revolves around $200, then the two headsets will stand basically at the same price. So, there is an advantage of buying HTC Vive, and have everything included.
On the other hand, perhaps users are not ready to invest that much money in virtual reality just yet. It’s a new concept, and those extra $200 might just be better staying in their pocket until they’re sure that VR is their new thing. Oculus Rift offers gamers that option, to wait and see. HTC Vive sort of forces those features on you if you wish to buy it, since there is no option to purchase it without controllers.
It’s virtual reality’s first year, and we cannot say what will happen or what will be worth it. That will take time.
However, Europeans will need to cough up some extra bucks if they want to find out for themselves. The HTC Vive VR headset will cost them €899, which totals to $984 in the U.S., so it’s almost a full $200 more expensive if you add taxes. The question is, if Oculus Rift does not make a similar move, will continents be split between virtual reality platforms? Based on price alone, the U.S. could be HTC Vive’s biggest fan while Europe takes Oculus Rift.
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