HTC cuts Vive price to $799

HTC first began selling the Vive headset for $800 16 months ago. Today HTC announced they're reducing the price of the Vive by US$200. The most successful VR headset at present is still the mobile-based Samsung Gear VR.

From today, the Vive costs £599 in the United Kingdom - that's £160 cheaper than before.

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At the beginning of the 2017 calendar year, both Oculus and HTC were selling their flagship VR headsets and motion controllers for roughly $800, but a pair of deep price cuts and a temporary summer sale has left the price of the Oculus Rift at $399, almost half of its original sticker price. You won't get the Deluxe Audio Strap or DAS which is useful for adding headphones to the Vive while providing a comfortable experience. For that, we'll need further price cuts, advancements and adoption beyond gaming (Facebook).

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.

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O'Brien notes that HTC has upgraded elements like the Vive's cable system without declaring a new generation of hardware, and says that kind of iterative design will probably continue for some time. This makes the Vive two hundred bucks more expensive than the Rift, but the Vive, with its room-sensing sensors, arguably offers a more immersive VR experience. Oculus VR, LLC dropped the price of its Rift headset twice this year between sales and now it temporarily costs only $399 for the bundle. In the United Kingdom the price has also been discounted to £599, which is a £90 discount from its launch price. This includes the current Vive exclusive, Fallout 4 VR, as well as Doom VFR. The rival VR headset is now $399 during the limited-time sale, and will cost $499 when it is over. At that price, Oculus' platform was a compelling purchase, but the company wasn't done putting the pressure on HTC.

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