UPDATE: The official announcement is now live on HTC’s blog, confirming the $799 pricing, two games included, April shipping window, and smartphone integration.
“From the beginning, Vive has been at the forefront of virtual reality, with HTC pioneering several ground breaking technologies,” comments Cher Wang, chairwoman and CEO, HTC. “Since announcing Vive this time last year, we have worked tirelessly with Valve to deliver the best VR experience on the market, winning multiple awards and receiving critical acclaim from media, consumers and the industry. With the Vive consumer edition we are now able to realize our ultimate vision; bringing Vive into homes around the globe so that people can experience immersive virtual reality in a away that fires the imagination and truly changes the world.”
ORIGINAL: A press release leaked prior to the official announcement later this morning has revealed the pricing and release window for the HTC Vive Virtual Reality Headset. At the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, where Vive made its first debut a year ago, it will be announced that the consumer version will cost $799 and begin shipping in early April. The Mobile World Conference runs from February 22-25.
HTC will also reveal some added smartphone integration with the headset allowing the user to answer calls, check texts, and view calendar reminders without removing it. Current operating systems supported are Android and iOS.
The consumer version includes the VR headset, two wireless controllers, two Vive base stations, Vive Link Box, and earbuds. A cable is required to connect the headset to your PC, and a headphone jack allows you to use your own headphones for audio.
For a limited time you can also nab Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives and Fantastic Contraption when you purchase the Vive. There will also be come bundles with “PC and graphics card partners,” though no specific names were given.
You can pre-order the HTC Vive starting on February 29, 2016 at 10AM ET in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Ireland, Sweden, Taiwan, China, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.
Virtual reality competitor Oculus Rift announced a price of $599 earlier this year with pre-orders opening up on January 6, 2016. The shipping of consumer versions is expected to begin on March 28, 2016.The basic Oculus box comes with the headset with built-in headphones and mic, sensor, Oculus Remote, and an Xbox One controller.