The HTC Vive Will Cost £689 in the UK

By Tom Pritchard on at

After the first details originally leaked during MWC this time last week, HTC has finally revealed the UK pricing for its upcoming Vive VR headset. It'll cost you £689, and will be released on 5th April. Oof.

As pricey as that may seem, it's not so bad in retrospect. The device costs $799 in the US, which converts to just over £576 in our money. But if you account for 20% VAT the converted figure comes out at £691. That's a big saving of two whole pounds. Think of all the Freddo bars you could buy! (Three?)

Obviously that doesn't take into account the money you might need to spend on a VR-ready PC.

The Vive may be a little bit pricier than the £500 Oculus Rift, but it's worth remembering that it comes with things the Rift does not. The Vive is bundled with VR controllers and full-room movement sensors, which aren't going to be available on the Rift until the second half of this year. HTC also says that the headset has a built-in camera and phone services.

The bundle also comes with Tilt Brush (Google's 3D painting application), Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives, and Fantastic Contraption.

Pre-orders open tomorrow (February 29th) at 3PM GMT.