So today marks the first day you can place an order for the HTC Vive, the VR headset that came via a collaboration between HTC and Valve. If you though the Oculus Rift was expensive take a deep breath… the HTC Vive is $800USD, plus shipping, as seen from their online store:
This is a $200 increase over the Oculus Rift’s cost, however this bundle also includes two wireless controllers while the Rift only included the bundled (and mostly unwanted) Xbox controller. The Vive pre-order also comes with the games Job Simulator, Fantastic Contraption and Tilt Brush.
Anyways, back to the HTC Vive. Pre-orders will start shipping in April 2016. I have to assume orders will be fulfilled in a first come, first served basis.
Personally I was extremely pumped for VR. Then over the holidays I got a $100 Samsung GearVR and truly the future had arrived. That said, with these initial price tags ( other than the GearVR that is ), VR is going to be niche only for quite a while unfortunately. One more chance at a reasonable price with the PlayStation VR… but this is Sony we are talking here.