HTC Releases Vive Pricing

By Bob Raikes
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HTC Vive announced that the HTC Vive Pro Head Mounted Display (HMD) will be available for $799 with global pre-orders starting now.

The company also announced a $100 price reduction for the current Vive full kit, bringing it down to $499 across the globe. All Vive Pro HMDs purchased by June 3rd, which will begin shipping on April 5th, will come with a free six-month trial to Viveport Subscription, where consumers can choose up to 5 titles per month from the more than 400 titles available.

The Vive Pro comes with dual-OLED displays, making for a better image resolution of 2880 x 1600 combined, a 78% increase in resolution over the current Vive HMD. In addition to visuals, Vive Pro also features integrated, high-performance headphones with a built-in amplifier that creates a heightened sense of presence and sound through noise cancellation capabilities.

Vive Pro purchases made before June 3rd come with a free six-month trial of Viveport Subscription where owners will get the chance to play 30 titles with their new HMD. Pro purchases made after the first 60 days of orders will come with a free two-month trial. The price of Viveport Subscription will increase to $8.99 on March 22nd. Current subscribers and those who sign up before the increase takes effect, will be locked in at the $6.99 price point through at least the end of the year.

Consumers who buy the current Vive full kit at the new price of $499, will continue to receive a free two-month Viveport Subscription, as well as a redemption code for the most popular VR title, Fallout 4 VR, a $59.99 value.

Analyst Comment

Reactions by those that are closest to this market see the $799 price as a bit too high for consumers, but, then again, it is described as the ‘Pro’ and HTC was at pains to show, when we looked at the headset at CES, that it is very usable in professional applications. (BR) (HTC Vive Pro Matches Visuals of Samsung Odyssey)