Well almost, the HTC entry into the consumer VR world is just around the corner.
This might be a proper indication that the early coming of Virtual Reality (VR) is not going to be affordable or cheap for mainstream consumers. But after making a hyped debut at 2015’s Mobile World Congress, it looks like the eagerly awaiting fans of the HTC Vive VR headset are set to fork out not less than $799 to get their hands on this futuristic device when it becomes available in early April. The much anticipated announcement was made at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last weekend.
For that price, the HTC Vive VR headset will come with a fully detailed kit that includes the headset itself, two integrated wireless controllers accompanied with haptick feedback, as well as two location sensors. These Smartphone functionalities of the VR headset will allow users to answer phone calls, view calendar and even check text messages without having to remove the headset or stopping the device from playing.
Even though the HTC Vive will be supported only on two mobile operating systems (iOS and Android), it comes with a number of enhanced refinements such as improved head-strap, better-quality ergonomics, in-built microphone and a buffed finish. On top of that, it will have two free VR games; Fantastic Contraption and Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives. With all these amazing features, the HTC Vive is set to become pricier than its direct competitors particularly Facebook-owned Oculus Rift, which debuted at $599 last January.
HTC Vive preorders will commence on February 29th with deliveries set for early April. After a number of VR fans complained about Oculus Rift’s high prices when it hit the market, they may be forced to reluctantly deal with even higher prices of the HTC Vive.