HTC announces price of HTC Vive Pro HMD and drops price of the standard HTC Vive

HTC has opened pre-orders of their next generation of VR headset, the HTC Vive Pro HMD with a launch retail price of £799. Alongside the announcement the price of the standard HTC Vive has reduced to £499.

You can pre-order the HTC Vive Pro HMD for £799 here.

Each Vive Pro HMD sold will bundle in a free six-month trial to Viveport Subscription, where consumers can choose up to 5 titles per month from the more than 400 titles available.

HTC Vive™ today announced that the HTC Vive Pro Head Mounted Display (HMD) will be available for £799 with pre-orders starting now on Vive.com and selected retailers. The company also announced a £100 price reduction for the current Vive full kit, bringing it down to £499. All Vive Pro HMDs purchased by June 3rd, which will begin shipping on April 5th, will come with a free six-month trial to Viveport Subscription, where consumers can choose up to 5 titles per month from the more than 400 titles available. 

“Vive Pro delivers the best premium VR experience available on the market today and improves resolution, audio and comfort for VR enthusiasts and enterprise customers. We are empowering developers to imagine bigger and better than ever before,” said Paul Brown, GM, HTC Vive Europe. “Today, we’re making VR even more accessible by lowering the price of the current Vive. There has never been a better time for VR fans to unleash their imagination with the most complete VR platform available.”

Vive Pro HMD pre-orders begin today on Vive.com, Scan, GAME and Overclockers, with units shipping globally on April 5th, on the second anniversary of Vive’s first commercial ship date. Current Vive owners can upgrade their headset to Vive Pro for the best display, audio, and comfort in the industry. The Vive Pro comes with dual-OLED displays, making for a crisper image resolution of 2880 x 1600 combined, a 78% increase in resolution over the current Vive HMD. In addition to visuals, Vive Pro also features integrated, high-performance headphones with a built-in amplifier that creates a heightened sense of presence and sound through noise cancellation capabilities. These improved graphics and audio allow for users to experience VR with enhanced clarity, making it the most realistic and immersive VR experience on the market today.

In addition, the Vive Pro has been rebuilt to maximize comfort for the most demanding VR users. The Vive Pro features a redesigned head-strap that balances the weight of the headset more evenly and features easy simple adjustment buttons for Vive users with glasses.

The Vive Pro works with both SteamVR Tracking 1.0 and 2.0, meaning existing Vive customers can upgrade the headset only and continue to use current generation controllers and base stations.

With more than 3,000 titles available, Vive continues to be the platform of choice for developers and consumers alike. Operating in over 60 countries, HTC’s content platform Viveport brings premium experiences in entertainment, education, arcade, arts & culture, and enterprise to a global audience. In addition, Viveport Subscription allows consumers to choose from over 400 pieces of content from a highly-curated offering, giving consumers the opportunity to discover the best VR content available. Vive Pro purchases made before June 3rdcome with a free six-month trial of Viveport Subscription where owners will get the chance to play 30 titles with their new HMD. Pro purchases made after the first 60 days of orders will come with a free two-month trial. The price of Viveport Subscription will increase to £8.99 on March 22nd. Current Subscribers and those who sign up before the increase takes effect, will be locked in at the £6.99 price point through at least the end of the year.

Consumers who buy the current Vive full kit at the new price of £499, will continue to receive a free two-month Viveport Subscription.

Last updated: 19/03/2018 13:31:50

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