HTC Vive playable and up for pre-order in Harrods right now

The HTC Vive will be playable and available for pre-order in Harrods today.

Customers looking to grab the kit will be able to head to the London Brompton Road store and try out the VR headset, before pre-ordering it for £689.

Being able to pre-order from a high-street chain could be an enticing offer, as it will save customers the high shipping fees that come with ordering the Vive online.

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HTC’s direct VR competitor, the Oculus Rift, currently lacks a high street distributor, giving the Vive a big advantage.

If you’re looking to get hands-on with the Vive, it will be stationed in Harrods technology department on the third floor of the megastore.

“Since the announcement of Vive in March last year, we’ve seen unprecedented levels of interest and excitement across the globe,” said Cher Wang, Chairwoman and CEO, HTC.

“Vive offers a level of immersion and presence that is so different to anything else out there, giving you the ability to move around a virtual world you can truly see, breathe and feel. Harrods is known for only selling the best of the best, so we’re delighted to be working with them to give its customers the chance to try Vive at a globally recognised luxury retailer.”

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Stewart Mancey, Head of Technology at Harrods also commented in a press release: “At Harrods, our discerning customers are looking for pieces which create a unique experience. Whether that’s in the sound and vision department with speaker systems or smart furniture which moulds itself around modern technology, or creating a full virtual reality experience as with Vive. We are committed to offering our customers the most exciting and innovative technology currently available, and Vive fits perfectly with this.”

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