HTC Vive will cost $799 but comes with two controllers and sensors

    
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There’s no getting away from it, VR gaming is going to be an expensive hobby to get into. Between the high system specs required to run VR games at 60 frames per second and the cost of the headsets themselves, gamers could be shelling out a lot of money on hardware on the near future. The Oculus Rift’s hefty price tag of $599 caused something of a raucous online, but now it looks like it’s actually going to be the cheaper option for a high-grade VR headset as the HTC Vive has been given a release price of $799.

The Vive is being produced in partnership with Valve and is powered by Steam VR, and pre-order customers will get copies of two launch games: Job Simulator and Fantastic Contraption. Though the package is $200 more expensive than the Oculus Rift, it comes with two wireless controllers and positional sensors that can track your movement inside an entire room, making games where you can move around inside a virtual environment possible. The two wireless controllers can also be used as accurate motion controls, becoming your hands inside that virtual environment. For the moment, it seems this is the closest we’ll get to creating something like the Star Trek Holodeck. Pre-orders open in one week on Monday, February 29th, at 10 a.m. EST.

Source: HTC Vive Blog. Thanks to everyone who sent in the tip!

 

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jonny_sage Snky Oh come on!  What fun is money if you don’t spend it on fun stuff!

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Quincha I would love for this stuff to be wireless as well.  I’d like for my monitors to be completely wireless too, but unfortunately wireless isn’t quite a good enough yet to push that much data without drops.  It may be unsafe as well if you’re video starts buffering and you slam into a wall.

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SallyBowls1 While mobile technology will get better so will PC and consoles (although consoles at a slower rate of course).  I guess my point is what you see on a cell phone in the future will not be as good as what you see powered by a high end PC.

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schlag sweetleaf ManastuUtakata 
Ahh…thanks! <3

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Veldan Neo_Wolf I don’t agree i’m afraid that it should stay expensive and will still succeed.  And the reason is they are aiming these VR peripherals at the gaming market and the gaming markets main demographic is the 18-35 age range/  So your talking your college/uni students through to your average working parent.  
At the lower end they are likely not in employment yet and still paying off student loans etc.. and at the upper end they have all the usual living expenses, mortgages, travel expenses, utilities etc.. etc..  That age range typically doesn’t have a huge amount of disposable income.  Are there exceptions, definitely but typically speaking that age range is just happy if they have enough money to buy a new game or two each month. 

With regard to the Oculus preorders, I refer you back to my “new thing price” statement.  Things always launch overpriced but those aren’t typically sustainable sales but a novelty due to newness (look at the latest mobile phones for example).  But those preorders again aren’t always related to the main demographic and those which are, are mainly because the beauty of a preorder is it gives you a decent period of time BEFORE release in order to get the money together.
Imo unless it is a phenomenon of a launch, once the initial sales rush has gone they are going to struggle for sales at that price.  Only time will tell.

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Quincha But even if it has the data transfer rate, what about reliability? Cables always feel “safer” to me, because there’s no chance for the signal to drop.

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Neo_Wolf I don’t think it needs to be affordable to the average gamer. It can stay expensive and succeed, but for that to happen, it needs an app/game to make it worth it. 
And about noone wanting to pay that amount: the Oculus Rift preorders seem to have been very successful, though numbers aren’t given. A quote from Palmer Lucky: “I can’t talk about numbers, but we sold through in 10 minutes what I thought we were going to sell through in a few hours.”

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melissaheather Well, it’s only $99 if you already own a certain phone. For me, it would be closer to $570, because those phone’s aren’t exactly cheap…

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Quincha How can it be wireless? You want al the data from your GPU / CPU to be sent to the device over wireless? I’m quite happy that’s not the case…

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ManastuUtakata schlag sweetleaf you just keep on keepin’ on “Uta  :)