We finally have the details of HTC’s virtual reality headset, the HTC Vive, and its availability. The VR headset will be available for pre-order later this month starting February 29th and it will hit the shelves early April. HTC still hasn’t confirmed the exact release date, but it has given us plenty of other details.
The Vive is slated to cost whopping $799, even more than the high-priced Oculus Rift, which starts at £500. That's the US retail price, which converts to around £555 in proper money. If we were to guess, the UK price won't be less than £600. Judging how these things get priced, don't be surprised if that number gets as high as £700.
For the cost of $799, you’ll get the headset (duh), two wireless special controllers for both of your hands, two units that hang in the wall to track your position, and the hub that collects all the data and sends it to your PC. The system will also come bundled with two popular game titles: Job Simulator and Fantastic Contraption. The system has a few more parts than the one Oculus is offering, but the extra parts make the HTC Vive more immersive, which helps to justify the higher cost.
There are also a couple of small improvements and new features in the HTC Vive. Headset has now a microphone and the ergonomics in the straps that go around the head have been vastly improved, according to HTC. The two little cameras that track your motion across the room are now wireless, which implies a huge, huge step forward (previous one were very bulky and wired).
The Vive will launch in April in these countries: US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Ireland, Sweden, Taiwan, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand.
Update: Here are the recommended PC specs for using Vive:
- GPU: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 970, AMD Radeon™ R9 290 equivalent or better
- CPU: Intel® i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350 equivalent or better
- RAM: 4 GB or more
- Video Output: HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2 or newer
- USB Port: 1x USB 2.0 or better port
- Operating System: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1 or later, Windows 10
Editor’s Note: Another publication broke an embargo about this device. We’re now reporting what is widely available. Updates are coming throughout the day.
By Carlos Rebato