We finally have the release details for another virtual reality headset and, once again, potential consumers should prepare for a bit of sticker shock. The HTC Vive is going to set you back a pretty penny in just a couple of months.
The folks over at Shack News this weekend reported on a rumor pertaining to the price and availability of the HTC Vive, which was eventually confirmed by HTC themselves. In short, you can expect to fork over a big $799 this April.
According to the original rumor, HTC is planning to roll out the full launch details during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week. The event is scheduled to run from today, Feb. 22, through Feb. 25. Rather than let rumors run rampant for a couple more days, HTC has instead confirmed the pricing and hardware that will come with the launch model.
Not due to start shipping out until this April, the kit will come with the HTC Vive headset itself, controllers for the device, two lighthouse base stations and an internal microphone that boasts smartphone Bluetooth support. If you claim your Vive nice and early, you’ll also get a copy of Job Simulator and Fantastic Contraption bundled with the device.
As a couple of extra pieces of interesting information, the Vive will also boast a feature that will let you continue to use your phone as the good lord intended, sending and receiving phone calls and text messages, as well as checking your calendar with the headset still on. Since that means you can probably also set yourself alarms to remind you when it’s time to eat, I’m guessing that there are a few people out there who basically plan to just move into their Vive come April.
At $800, the Vive is a bit pricier than the similar Oculus Rift, which was announced as having a $599.99 price tag a couple of months ago. Then again, it would be a bit of a savings if you were thinking of going to Oculus/PC bundle route, which is also available.
Honestly, having all of these options in the virtual reality market will likely only benefit the final experience. Competition breeds lower prices (eventually) and better hardware and games, so not having one clear leader right out of the gate is good for the folks who actually want to play games with these things.
Of course, we still haven’t heard much from Sony regarding a launch window or price for its own PlayStation VR. It’ll be interesting to see how this all shakes out between now and holiday 2016.