HTC cuts the price of its Vive VR headset to $599

22 August, 2017, 00:25 | Author: Lorena Waters
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The company expects the current HTC Vive model to remain relevant in the VR market for the foreseeable future through the end of 2018.

As Engadget first reported, the news may be coming in light of the recent discount Oculus made to its own headset, the Rift. Yes the headsets aren't exactly cheap but they're far more affordable than they were, and they both have excellent content libraries full of titles that showcase how good VR is. This means the headset no longer costs a hefty £759, but will instead set you back a more manageable £599.

Despite the equal price cut, HTC Vive is still more expensive than Oculus Rift.

Still, at about $200 less than the previous asking price, this isn't too bad. "While it may seem that Vive is dropping its headset price by $200 in order to follow its competitor's strategy, I don't think this was a reactive decision".

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The Vive headset comes with two motion controllers and two sensors that deliver "room-scale" VR, allowing you to walk around and explore virtual worlds within a relatively small space in your home. "However, VIVE is still shipping more units, even with its higher price point".

Add it up and HTC's price cut may be more about business than landing a mass of consumers.

HTC said it has continued to invest in growing the Vive hardware ecosystem.

The Viveport subscription lets gamers try out up to five titles per month from the most popular pieces of VR content including Google's Tilt Brush, Everest VR and Richie's Plank Experience. And according to HTC, there are now more than 3600 titles available to play on the Vive across Steam and Viveport with many more on their way including Fallout 4 and Doom. The rival VR headset is now $399 during the limited-time sale, and will cost $499 when it is over.

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