The HTC Vive VR headset, first unveiled at MWC 2015, has got an official pre-order date – February 29. The Taiwanese tech giant has however remained tight-lipped on the price of the wearable, co-developed with Valve, since its first unveiling. Now, a report has tipped a price tag for the headset – $1,500 (roughly Rs. 1,00,200).
According to a report from a Taiwanese website Focus Taiwan, the HTC Vive VR headset might boast a price tag of $1,500 (roughly Rs. 1,00,200), which is nearly $1,000 more than that the $599 (roughly Rs. 40,000) price tag of its rival – Oculus Rift. The price tag has been estimated by ‘foreign brokerages’. It has been said that the wearable device will be more costly than other headsets in the market because of its ‘advanced spatial recognition features’, along with wireless controllers. The consumer edition launch of the HTC Vive is scheduled for April this year.
Last week during the CES 2016 trade show, HTC announced the Vive Pre, the second generation developer edition for its HTC Vive. The second-gen developer edition sports few changes in hardware design. The company also overhauled the VR controllers, making it more ergonomic than before. It also has softer edges, improved balance, new textured buttons and a more comfortable grip pads.
Oculus VR, the Facebook-owned company, also last week started taking pre-orders for the Oculus Rift VR headset. The device will start shipping to 20 countries from March. It will also be available in limited regions with select retailers in April.
The virtual reality and augmented segment has lately seen a lot of new companies entering the space. Aside from Sony with PlayStation VR, Oculus VR with the Rift headset, and Razer with its OSVR platform, Microsoft threw its hat into the ring announcing its HoloLens.[“source-gadgets.ndtv”]