The HTC Vive virtual reality headset gets a $200 price cut starting today, HTC announced on its blog. The VR system now costs $599, instead of its original price at $799.
The permanent discount comes one month after the Oculus Rift will receive a $200 price drop after its “Summer of Rift” sale ends. The rival VR headset is currently $399 during the limited-time sale, and will cost $499 when it is over.
When asked if the Vive’s price reduction was a reaction to its competitor, Viveport president Rikard Steiber said in a statement to Polygon, “I don’t think so. I think we are the leader in the market, and the plan was always that high-end VR be available to everyone. So of course there are a couple of components that need to fall into place … in order to reach the mass market, you need to have a lower price point. That’s been the plan all along. I think it’s good that other players in the market are making similar moves.”
The HTC Vive bundle comes with the headset, two wireless motion controllers, and two base stations that can be mounted around the room. The bundle also comes with copies of Everest VR, Tilt Brush, Richie’s Plank Experience, and a free trial of Viveport Subscription that allows subscribers to download and play five VR games every month for $6.99 per month.
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