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.