Sunday, February 21, 2016

HTC Vive will cost $799, available in April

HTC  today announced Vive will be priced at $799  HTC has detailed the full kit that will come with the Vive and also added the news of added smartphone functionality for the VR headset. The Vive will include integrated phone functions that allow the user to answer calls, check text messages, and view calendar reminders without removing the headset or stopping play. iOS and Android will be the two supported mobile operating systems.

HTC says it's made a number of refinements from the Vive Pre, including an improved head-strap, more polished finish, superior ergonomics, and the addition of a built-in microphone. Like everything else on the Vive, the microphone will have an open API and HTC and Valve hope developers will "go nuts" when coming up with creative uses for it.

  HTC Vive will be bundled with two free VR games: Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives and Fantastic Contraption. The recommended minimum spec for the Vive is either an Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 or an AMD Radeon R9 290 graphics card. There will be bundles with PC and graphics card partners, which should save buyers some money when getting a new computer along with the Vive, but HTC and Valve aren't announcing those just yet.

HTC Vive preorders begin at 10AM ET on February 29th in 24 countries, with deliveries expected in early April. Those countries are the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Ireland, Sweden, Taiwan, China, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.

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