Last week we reported on the appearance of a Vive Pro Accessories Starter Kit on HTC’s online store. The bundle packed in two base stations and motion controllers — which don’t come with the $799 Vive Pro itself — for $450. Take one look at our comments section, though, and you’ll see fans weren’t exactly happy with that pricing. So, today, HTC is introducing a discount.
A new SteamVR 1.0 tracking bundle is launching for $299 today as Vive Pro begins to ship across the globe. Again, it contains two base stations and two motion controllers, which add up to around $500 when bought separately, saving you over $200. If you were to pick this up with a Pro, the entire package would still break the $1000 barrier at $1098.
Take note, however, that these are first-generation products, and the second generation is expected to arrive later this year. While the SteamVR 2.0 compatible Vive Trackers are already available, HTC is also launching a full Vive Pro bundle with updated controllers and the second iteration of the base station later this year. This revised model can support more than two trackers across larger areas for bigger room scale tracking. You’ll actually need a bigger space yourself for that to matter, though.
Is the $200 cut enough to sway you on picking up a Vive Pro from scratch? Or is it still too high a price to pay?