The Virtual Reality (VR) headset from HTC, called the HTC Vive has seen a massive price cut down by Rs 16,000. The price – earlier Rs 93,000, is now down to Rs 76,990.
Even with this price cut, the headset still costs nearly twice of that in the US, which is at $599 or Rs 39,000.
This has been done to keep competitor Oculus from capturing the market after reports had emerged that the Facebook acquired company has drastically slashed their Oculus Rift Prices massively to find a larger audience. The Oculus has a base price of $399 which is Rs. 25,600.
Global Price Drop
The price drop is also coming into effect in other regions: in the UK, the Vive now costs GBP 599 (about Rs. 49,500), it’s down to EUR 699 (about Rs. 52,700) in rest of Europe, AUD 999 (about Rs. 50,500) in Australia, and USD 859 (Rs. 55,000) in New Zealand.
If you make a new HTV Vive purchase, you’ll also get a one-month free trial to HTC’s Viveport subscription service, which offers access to a over 200 VR games. You can pick a maximum of five titles in a month.
“We work tirelessly to continue to iterate and improve on Vive to deliver on the promise of VR,” Matthew Gepp, HTC Vive’s senior social media manager, said in the announcement. “Google, Apple, Intel, UPS, Volkswagen, SalesForce and dozens of other global brands have all lined up with Vive for their VR efforts, and there’s more to come in the back half of the year.”
The Vive is quite an interesting gaming platform. Would you trade your PS4 or X-box for it?