Assuming you’ve followed the latest developments in the VR department then you may already be aware of the controversy caused by Oculus when the company announced the final price for the Rift headset. Long story short, while Oculus previously hinted at a price range of $300-$400 for the Rift, the final product – which will become available at the end of March – will actually cost $600.
The good news is that if the Oculus doesn’t tick your boxes, there are alternatives. The HTC Vive, which should be in the same category as the Rift, spec-wise, is expected to hit the shelves sometime in April. The bad news, however, is that the Vive might be even pricier. A lot pricier… According to sources cited by Focus Taiwan, the HTC Vive could set customers back a whopping $1,500.
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HTC Vive To Cost $1,500?
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As mentioned above, HTC is expected to release the Vive by the end of April, and although the Taiwanese tech giant didn’t reveal the product’s final price yet, prospective customers will be able to pre-order the Vive on February 29. That being said, the headset’s price tag won’t be a mystery for much longer.
On the other hand, a disturbing report from Taiwan suggests that the HTC Vive could be released along with a price tag of $1,500. That’s nearly three times the price of the Oculus Rift, which is a high-end VR device with an Xbox One controller included in the package.
The alleged price tag above was proposed by unnamed “foreign brokerages” who believe that the Vive will be more expensive than its rivals thanks to advanced special recognition features (I would also add SteamVR integration as a noteworthy plus). And due to the price, sources believe that HTC won’t sell more than 1 million units in 2016 (which, to us, still sounds like a lot, especially since the headset might require a very powerful GPU).
Otherwise, based on data so far, the Vive and Rift are rather similar in terms of internal hardware. They both rock a resolution of 2160 x 1200 with 90Hz refresh rates, HDMI and USB 2.0 + USB 3.0 connectors, and a ton of sensors, including but not limited to a gyroscope and an accelerometer.
Regardless of the theoretical advantages the Vive might have over the Rift, $1,500 sounds crazy expensive (especially for a product that is not yet tested), and we’re wondering if HTC is ready to face the public perception, assuming that the rumors are true. Hopefully, they aren’t, but until we find out more, stay tuned and feel free to share your thoughts below.