THE GREAT VR TECH PRICE WAR !
well you have to feel that a price war is breaking out in the virtual reality world between Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. I keep hearing that Vive are ready for a long term price drop ( not too soon either) . First we had ” the summer of rift ” with Oculus offering us the Rift and Touch bundle for £399 that’s a huge saving of around £185 over normal retail prices, and I have to say I think it’s worth every penny of that.
Now we have some retailers offering us the HTC Vive for sale at £599 with a months Viveport subscription and a couple of games thrown in for good measure, that’s a reduction of around £160.
The Vive has always been the high-end pick of the current virtual reality bunch, and as a result is more expensive than rivals Oculus Rift and the PlayStation VR.
This new price drop is clearly designed to make the Vive more accessible to a wider market, and brings it closer to the Rift’s current £400 price point. PSVR is still the cheapest option at £340.
“Our goal at Vive has always been to offer the best and most advanced VR system and drive mass market adoption for VR across the globe,” said HTC chairwoman Cher Wang.
“We’re continuing to deliver on that commitment with this new price for Vive, making VR more accessible to a broader audience and driving the entire VR industry forward. Vive’s game-changing technology, best-in-class content and unmatched global partners are fulfilling the promise of VR like never before. With highly anticipated titles, and the upcoming launch of Vive Tracker, there has never been a better time to embrace Vive, and enjoy the most immersive VR experience available.”
HTC has said there are more than 3600 titles available across Steam and Viveport for Vive, and pointed to the upcoming release of Fallout 4 and Doom VFR from Bethesda. As for the Vive’s popularity, HTC said it has a 60 per cent share of access to the Steam platform for high-end VR headsets, and over the past year Vive has maintained its lead by more than 20 per cent. In short, Vive is more popular than Oculus Rift.
So there you have it, it’s a great time to buy if your looking for a high end VR experience, lets hope the downward trend continues.