HTC have announced details of the HTC Vive’s release at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, pricing it at $799 with shipping of pre-orders to start in early April – no firm date has been announced. Pre-orders will go live at 10AM EST on Febraury 29th, as previously announced.
The price is high, but makes sense when considering how the Oculus Rift has been positioned, with the Facebook-backed headset costing $599. However, the HTC Vive is a system that aims for a broader experience than the Rift does at launch. The headset features a slightly taller display as well as a forward facing camera, alongside which you also get the Lighthouse base stations required for the ‘room scale VR’ that has become Vive’s signature, and the two controllers that allow for positional tracking of your hands in the virtual world.
This is all key to the room scale experience and the two games which are bundled with the Vive, Owlchemy Labs’ Job Simulator and Northway Games’ Fantastic Contraption.
All that’s left to see for this first generation of VR hardware is how much the PlayStation VR will cost…