GDC 2018: HTC Drops Price Of The Original Vive Package To $500

by Ian Hamilton • March 19th, 2018

Today’s announcement of the price for an HTC Vive Pro upgrade also brings with it a permanent global price drop for the original HTC Vive package.

The original Vive headset, controllers and base stations now sell for $500. That’s a $300 drop from their original price at launch in April 2016, but still $100 more than the price set by Oculus Rift last year.

The Vive doesn’t included integrated headphones like the Rift, but the Rift only includes two sensors at its starting initial price. For the same level of movement freedom you’ll have to spend around $60 more for a third Rift sensor. On the other hand, a Deluxe Audio Strap providing a similar kind of sound experience to the Rift adds $100 to the Vive’s price.

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  • Justos

    500$ for a base vive is still 100$ more than a complete rift package.

    + 100 for deluxe headstrap, still not very competitive imo.

    • FireAndTheVoid

      And, in my opinion, the deluxe headstrap is necessary.

      • Firestorm185

        Especially with Rift being 400 and Microsoft’s HMDs being in the 200’s right now, it’s still not a very competitive price point.

    • Tenka

      To be fair, I would argue that the 3rd Sensor for Rift is also necessary, however thats still what? $450 vs $500, or more accurately a $450 vs $600 since the DAS is even more necessary.

      • polysix

        To be fair, Rift destroys vive in almost every metric that counts to usable/enjoyable VR (other than larger room tracking) and is still cheaper.

        Yes I owned vive (and psvr), rift is way better than both and will be the best we have until true gen 2.

        • Tenka

          I own both as well. The Rift is lighter and way more comfortable, but by far the most important thing is the controllers and the use of Analog Sticks as opposed to thumb pads. You simply cannot perform accurate enough inputs using a thumb pad especially when it comes to Free Locomotion games, its utterly retarded. I am baffled as to Valve’s obsession with thumb pads, they are clearly inferior to something that has already been quite successful for over 2 decades. It boggles the mind.

  • Justin Davis

    I said this to HTC on Twitter, and I’ll say it here. I gladly pre-ordered the original Vive, but I refuse to pay $800 for this HMD alone. It’s a marginal upgrade. If it had wireless built in, I’d be in.

  • gothicvillas

    in other words, HTC Vive failed to impress. £800 for headset is way too much and for this reason im out.

  • David Dewis

    Whats strange is that many of the tech critics stating that VR is dead (The Know had a whole topic on it) stated they only played their Vive’s. The problem is that the Vive doesn’t really have any AAA titles other than Fallout and LA Noire, both of which are old games not originally made for VR. For all the criticism Oculus got for paid exclusives, they’re the only company still pushing AAA VR titles. Lone Echo is still one of my favorite games of all time and Brass tactics is a well polished game.

    • Tenka

      Agreed … I don’t know why people are still clamoring for AAA VR titles as a “must for success”. Have they not been paying attention? AAA on flat is basically garbage lately anyway. A good game is a good game regardless of how much money was invested into making it and there are plenty of those on VR.

  • IMHO its price is still too high