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Finally! HTC Vive UK release date and price announced


Virtual reality

The HTC Vive is one of 2016’s most eagerly anticipated products – so here’s a bit of good news.

HTC has officially announced pricing and pre-order availability for its upcoming virtual reality headset.

The HTC Vive will be opened up to pre-orders tomorrow – Monday, February 29 – at 3pm GMT.

The full release date for the product is set for April 5, which is when pre-ordered headsets should arrive.

And in the UK, that luxury will cost you £689 – the price is the same for both pre-orders and full-availability purchases.

htc viveThe HTC Vive

Related: Oculus Rift vs HTC Vive

What’s more, the HTC Vive will ship with three virtual reality experiences on board.

The first is Google’s Tilt Brush, a painting experience that takes place in 3D space. You can paint with stars, light, fire, and move through your creations as if they were real.

The second experience is Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives. It’s set in a futuristic world where robots have replaced human jobs, and you’re giving an old “job” a go.

Finally, there’s Fantastic Contraption, which involves building insane structures in fantastical locations.

Are you planning to pre-order a HTC Vive? Tell us why, or why not, in the comments below.


February 29, 2016, 5:47 pm

£56.70 delivery.

That took it from barely tolerable but ok I'll buy it to feeling like a rip-off. I haven't bought it; I'll make do with the Oculus Rift.


February 29, 2016, 8:46 pm

Wow - a delivery fee is going to make you switch?
Of course for the same feature set you might just wind up spending MORE on the Rift.
To make the price comparable, take the $600 Rift & ADD:
1) additional room sensor (for 360-degree tracking & room-scale)
2) 2x motion controllers
3) USB add-on camera
Good chance that makes the Rift cost more...and at that will be a far less integrated solution, hobbling & fragmenting development.


February 29, 2016, 8:47 pm

Just pre-ordered - can't wait!
April can't come soon enough.

Now... to order the new PC parts to upgrade, as well as clearing the space for the "VR room" in the basement.

Exciting times ahead!


February 29, 2016, 9:09 pm

Delivery charges often make me switch when I think they're significantly more than the actual cost to the company for the delivery. I don't like being ripped off.

So unless the Vive is being hand-delivered by the Queen I think I'll wait until they have a distribution hub on Earth rather than the Moon.

Anyway I've already pre-ordered the Rift; I planned to have both.

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