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.
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.