The HTC Vive UK price is £689.
That's a little more than we thought - we'd previously guesstimated around the £650 mark. However, given the penchant for many companies to match the US dollar amount over here ($799). it's not as bad as it could have been.
Pre-orders for the new VR setup are now live. You get the headset, two controllers, two base stations, the link box, ear buds, two gaskets for different types of "human geometry" (really) and all the cables that you need.
The pricing is considerably more expensive than the $599 Oculus Rift, but it's worth bearing in mind that you get a lot more than just the headset with Vive. Don't forget to check out our Hands on: HTC Vive review.
Interestingly, we found out that the base stations can be at any height and don't have to be tethered together, they can be anywhere in the room. And they're wireles from the PC (Windows, Mac, Linux) that's running the Vive system, too. Much like the Rift, HTC does have one stumbling block that Sony's PlayStation VR doesn't have to worry about (the need for a suitably powerful PC to run it off - the PS VR simply links up to your PS4). We also found out the recommended PC specification for the Vive, notably an Intel Core i5 processor and Nvidia GeForce 970 or AMD 290 graphics.
HTC's Dan O'Brien was keen to talk up the Vive's advantage over rivals at last week's Mobile World Congress, especially the fact it 'chaperones' you within a playing space so you don't need to worry about walls.. "This is for a complete system [with 360 tracking and chaperone]. Everything we've thought about to make it the best possible experience. We're really excited about it, it's all there for you."
We know that the kit will come with three VR 'experiences', with more to come at the Games Developers Conference next month.
- Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives, by Owlchemy Labs: In a firmly tongue-in-cheek world where robots have replaced all human jobs, step into the ‘Job Simulator’ to learn what it was like 'to job'
- Fantastic Contraption, by Northway Games in collaboration with Radial Games: Imagine walking around a grassy island floating in the sky, building a machine the size of a horse with your own hands, and then watching it roll out into the world.
- Tilt Brush, by Google: Paint in 3D space with virtual reality. Unleash your creativity with three-dimensional brush strokes, stars, light, and even fire. Your room is your canvas. Your palette is your imagination. The possibilities are endless.
HTC also said the built-in microphone and camera can be used to make and receive calls and texts as well as being able to see what's in the physical room at the time - say you want to take a drink, you can now 'see' it rather than having to take the goggles off.
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