HTC Vive VR gaming headset gets huge £200 price cut in UK

HTC has massively reduced the price of its flagship virtual reality headset, the HTC Vive – but it’s still more expensive than the Oculus Rift.

In a bid to woo more customers, HTC has knocked £160 off the price of the HTC Vive virtual reality headset. This means the headset no longer costs a hefty £759, but will instead set you back a more manageable £599.

The new pricing mimics a similar price cut in the USA, which sees the headset reduced from $799 to $599 – a respectable $200 saving.

If yo buy the HTC Vive, you’ll get a free trial to the Viveport Subscription, which will let you choose up to five titles per month to experience, as well as giving you copies of popular VR software like Google’s Tilt Brush, Everest VR, and Richie’s Plank Experience.

Currys is still listing the HTC Vive at the old price of £759, but we assume this will change shortly:

Speaking about the news, HTC Chairwoman Cher Wang said: “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.”

“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,” she continued. “Vive’s game-changing technology, best-in-class content and unmatched global partners are fulfilling the promise of VR like never before,”

Wang added: “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.”

Unfortunately, the HTC Vive will still set you back at least £100 more than the Oculus Rift, which is currently available to buy at Currys for £499. And thanks to a summer sale, you can get the Rift even cheaper: John Lewis is offering the Oculus Rift and Touch Controller bundle for just £399.95.

The HTC Vive was launched to the public in April last year, and has since become one of the most popular virtual reality systems in the world. Many also regard it as the most impressive VR system, although Facebook’s Oculus Rift is similarly advanced. Like the Rift, the Vive requires users to own a VR-ready gaming PC that has sufficiently powerful hardware to run the virtual reality headset.

The platform has mostly been populated by short experiences, but we’re expecting to see a raft of premium AAA content arriving shortly, including Fallout 4 and Doom VFR from Bethesda.

Related: Oculus Rift vs HTC Vive

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