The HTC Vive has gotten a massive price cut across the world, with the brand eager to make the VR headset more affordable to the masses. The move comes more than a year after the device hit the market at $799.
From now onwards, gamers in the US can snap up the HTC Vive at $599, a $200 fall. This brings it almost at-par with the Oculus Rift’s $499 rate. However, the Vive’s cost includes a pair of controllers and base stations, while the Rift’s Oculus Touch controllers sell separately at $99.
Oculus is currently offering a Rift + Touch bundle at $399 as part of a temporary summer sale. HTC now has an answer to that with a permanent drop of its own. Other than the US, markets like the UK, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand have seen a big discount as well. The Vive is selling at GBP 599, EUR 699, AUD 999, and USD 859 in those respective countries.
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Even India is part of this wave, with the Vive going from a sky-high Rs 92990 cost to a Rs 76990 one. It remains to be seen whether the Rs 16000 markdown will boost sales. The new figure is still nearly double the $599 (roughly Rs 38420) cost in the US.
Anyone who buys the Vive will be getting a month’s subscription to the Viveport subscription service for free. They can choose up to 5 titles a month to experience. There are also a couple of in-built games like EverestVR, Google’s Tilt Brush, and Richie’s Plank Experience.
You can buy the Vive via HTC’s website or Amazon India.