HTC has slashed the price of its Virtual Reality headset, HTC Vive, by $200 which brings down the price of the device to $599. This sale mirrors the $200 price slash of Oculus Rift VR headset as part of the ‘Summer of Rift’ sale.
Virtual Reality technology is still gaining momentum as an increased number of games and videos are being made to suit the medium and an increasing number of people are testing out the tech — indicating user acceptability.
HTC has taken the same path as Facebook in a bid to make the VR technology more affordable and accessible to the masses.
“Our goal at Vive has always been to offer the best and most advanced VR system and drive mass market adoption for VR across the globe,” said Cher Wang, Chairwoman, HTC. “We’re continuing to deliver on that commitment with this new price for Vive, making VR more accessible to a broader audience and driving the entire VR industry forward.”
Anyone purchasing an HTC Vive headset will receive a free trial to Viveport subscription which contains a catalog of VR games and users can choose and play up to 5 titles during the month-long trial period.
Google’s Tilt Brush, Everest VR, and Richie’s Plank Experience can also be accessed via a Viveport subscription.
Vive’s game-changing technology, best-in-class content and unmatched global partners are fulfilling the promise of VR like never before. With highly anticipated titles, and the upcoming launch of Vive Tracker, there has never been a better time to embrace Vive, and enjoy the most immersive VR experience available,” she added.
The company expects the current HTC Vive model to remain relevant in the VR market for the foreseeable future through the end of 2018.
The base VIVE package comes with 2 base stations for accurate tracking, 2 motion controllers for immersive VR experiences and new and improved connection cables and materials that offer a lighter weight on the VIVE headset.
“We’ve rapidly diversified the VIVE business so that when customers and businesses purchase VIVE, they know they’ll benefit from a wide base of support for years to come,” said Dan O’Brien, GM US, HTC VIVE.
Facebook’s Oculus Rift headset is still retailing at a lower price at $399 than HTC Vive’s $599 and given that the price difference is equal to the price slash most of the consumers are likely to opt for the cheaper version.