The HTC Vive was first shown off at MWC 2015 in its original form, but the project has certainly evolved a lot since then. We were able to go hands-on with the revised model, known as the Vive Pre, just last month at CES where we were able to get a better look at just how far the company has come. Now at MWC 2016, HTC has finally divulged some final pricing and release date details!
Despite reports that the Vive might end up costing as much as $1500, it turns out that the final price will actually be $799, which is more than the $599 asking price of the Oculus Rift, though not nearly as high as we originally believed. As for the date? While HTC doesn’t give us an exact release date yet, other than a vague ‘April’ release target, pre-orders will kick off on February 29th at 10am EST in 24 countries including the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, and several countries in Europe and Asia.
In addition to announcing the new details surrounding the final consumer version of the HTC Vive, HTC also unveiled that the VR headset will be adding in VR integration. While the actually gaming and media experience is still tied to a PC like with the Rift, the headset will also be able to wirelessly connect with your Android (and iOS) devices allowing you to answer calls, check messages, and view calendar reminders all from right within the Vive.
So what do you get out-of-the-box with the Vive? Obviously the headset, but also two wireless controllers, a pair of Vive base stations, a Vive Link Box, and a pair of ear buds. You can also connect your own headphones, if you prefer. For a limited time, the Vive will even been bundled with two games, Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives and Fantastic Contraption.
Just like with the Rift, you will need to provide you own PC though, which HTC says will need at least an NVIDIA GTX 970 or a Radeon R9 290.
What do you think of the HTC Vive, interested? Or do you feel that the financial investment for VR is just too high right now? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.