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Pre-order the HTC Vive Virtual Reality Headset On February 29

Pre-order the HTC Vive Virtual Reality Headset On February 29

Pre-order the HTC Vive virtual reality headset on February 29. However, there’s no price tag on it yet. The company announced that it will be released world-wide during April 2016. This means that it’s going to compete directly with Facebook’s Oculus Rift.

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Even though HTC is only known for developing top-notch Android smartphones, it has sunk its teeth in the emerging technology market of virtual reality.

The Taiwan-based company confirmed for The Telegraph yesterday, on Monday, that it’s going to open the doors for Vive pre-orders starting with the 29th of February. The company didn’t disclose any information regarding pricing, but it did say that they will announce a price tag at the end of next month .

Let’s hope it’s not in the same ballpark as Palmer Luckey’s Oculus Rift. In contrast, the Oculus Rift founder first said that their VR headset will cost somewhat around the $350 mark, but last week, the company announced that the Oculus will be priced at $599.

To develop the virtual reality headset, HTC teamed-up with game developer beast Valve. The alliance has seemed to be fruitful as the headset is one of the most awaited devices this year. The VR system allows users to walk around the room and immerse themselves in the virtual medium. The two independent sensors have to be placed around the room in order to track a user’s movements. These sensors will track the headset, as well as the wireless controllers that are held by the users – two in number.

CEO HTC Cher Wang has said that even though smartphones are of an immense importance for the company, driving towards other markets is crucial for developing a natural extension with wearables and VR.

The HTC Vive, rumours have it, will cost more than Facebook’s Oculus Rift, exceeding the $599 price tag, because the device has more features.

Pricing for VR headsets has sparked a huge debate across the world over if they are too expensive for consumers and how will this affect the adoption rate. Besides the pretty hefty price tag that a consumers has to cough up, users need a powerful PC to make use of the headsets. Powerful PCs that will cost somewhat between $500 and $1000.

CEO Cher Wang has announced that companies like Asus and HP will be releasing VR-ready PCs and laptops in the upcoming months. Dell’s Alienware department has already jumped on the bandwagon and they are not offering only VR-capable machines, but also bundles that contain Oculus Rift.

These bundle shave $200 off of the Oculus Rift base price.

Still, nobody was expecting such a huge soar in pricing.

Oculus Rift VR headset

Oculus Rift

  • Cost – $599
  • On sale – March 2016
  • Founder – Palmer Luckey

Why is it worth it?

The Oculus Rift went from a shallow start where everyone thought that it was going to fail, to competing with tech giants such as HTC and Sony. It was bought by Facebook, and the social-media-infused company announced that they will support indie developers on creating experiences for the VR medium

PlayStation VR headset

PlayStation VR

  • Cost – $1125, according to the leaked price on Amazon.
  • On sale – Not announced at the current moment.
  • Founder – Sony

Why is it worth it?

The Japan-based company has said that it is developing more than 100 VR-ready games, and that the headset will be available for purchase only when there will be enough content for users.

HTC Vive VR headset

HTC Vice

  • Cost – More than $599, according to rumors.
  • On sale – February
  • Founder – HTC and Valve

Why is it worth it?

Because it offers a huge platform for indie game developers and big AAA studios, thanks to the HTC-Valve partnership.

Are you an early adopter or will you be waiting for next gen virtual reality devices?

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Writer and editor of The Next Digit Media, he takes care of iOS, Apple, Mac and other gadgets. He worked at Apple Inc, before joining to TND Media. He was graduated in Bachelor of Journalism & Mass Communication Degree from Cambridge University. All posts by David

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