If you’ve been hoping HTC’s Vive VR headset would cost less than the Oculus Rift, even though rumors have said otherwise, we have some bad news for you. HTC has announced the final price of the Vive, saying the device will go on sale in early April for $799.
While $799 may seem like a lot, there is some good news there. Yes it costs $200 more than the Oculus Rift, but it comes with a front-facing awareness camera, two location sensors for a more immersive VR experience and two haptic-enabled motion controllers. Considering Oculus doesn’t even have motion controllers released yet, let alone priced, the Vive may end up being a good deal once everything is said and done. $799 also gets you two games, Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives by Owlchemy Labs and Fantastic Contraption by Northway Games.
As far as availability is concerned, the Vive will go up for pre-order on February 29, and will be in consumer hands by early April.