Permanent price cut for HTC Vive

In April, HTC unveiled a new subscription service for VR titles that works with the Vive.

HTC has massively reduced the price of its flagship virtual reality headset, the HTC Vive - but it's still more expensive than the Oculus Rift. By launching Vive VR headset supporting roomscale VR from day one, Vive platform grew first on "joined-at-hip" partnership with Valve, adding its own Viveport marketplace in the process. This means the headset no longer costs a hefty £759, but will instead set you back a more manageable £599.

VR fans are enjoying the spoils of a price war between Oculus and Vive. "We think now is the right time to reset the price". For HTC, the task of defending a price tag double its competitor's has been one in honing its brand messaging in the face of a massive price differential.

Still, at about $200 less than the previous asking price, this isn't too bad.

"All VIVE purchases come with a free trial to Viveport Subscription, where consumers can choose up to 5 titles per month to experience, and copies of numerous most popular pieces of VR content today, including Google's Tilt Brush, Everest VR, and Richie's Plank Experience", HTC said in a statement.

Rikard Steiber, president of Viveport, told Polygon that the price cut will make the Vive VR headset more affordable and attractive to consumers and businesses and will be a major booster entering the holiday season.

As reported by Polygon, the discounted package comes with the headset, two motion controllers, and two wall-mounted sensors that are used to deliver "room-scale" virtual reality. This is despite the Oculus Rift launching with a more impressive lineup of games.

Now is a great time to jump onto the VR train, all aboard folks!

At this year's E3, Bethesda announced that the upcoming Fallout 4 VR and Doom VFR would be releasing on the Vive, with Fallout scheduled to drop this coming October.

  • Joey Payne