HTC Unveils Vive VR Headset Consumer Edition Price & Pre-Order Information

👤by Chris Yeo Comments 📅22.02.2016 00:42:23

HTC have formally announced more information on their VR headset; the Vive with pre-order, release date & cost & information..

HTC have officially announced the HTC Vive Consumer Edition. The Vive VR Headset we touched on recently, has been co-developed with Valve Corporation.

This edition of the Vive; labelled 'Consumer Edition', will have an updated head strap & the built-in phone functionality; allowing the user to make calls, send/receive text messages & check Calendar invites via 'Vive Phone Services':
The consumer edition of Vive also integrates phone functionality. Enabling you to stay connected to the real world, without exiting the virtual world, Vive Phone Services demonstrates the ability to combine both realities without losing touch of either. By allowing you to receive and respond to both incoming and missed calls, get text messages and send quick replies and check upcoming calendar invites directly through the headset, it opens up a whole new world of possibilities for both consumers and businesses.
- source: HTC

For a limited time only, the 'Consumer Edition' of the Vive will ship with two full-fledged VR 'experiences' in effort to introduce and perhaps demonstrate VR to newcomers but also the capability of the Vive headset:
Job Simulator
Fantastic Contraption

Pre-Orders for the Vive begin on February the 29th, with commercial availability starting in early April. HTC have suppled a countdown timer on the Vive's website which you can view here.

The 'Vive Consumer Edition' will cost of the Vive will be $799 (£599.48).

HTC have also touched on the fact that they are very aware that VR has far more scope than just gaming:
But it’s not just about gaming. In addition to these launch titles, HTC is working with developers to foster the creation of content that spans multiple sectors including entertainment, retail, education, design, healthcare and automotive that will ultimately transform people’s lives.
- source: HTC

You can read more on the blog here.

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