Demo the HTC Vive in store at a Microsoft or GameStop near you.
If you haven’t had the chance to demo the Vive, HTC’s latest room-scale VR system, this month might be your chance. HTC has partnered up with Microsoft and GameStop to give in-store customers hands-on retail demonstrations at select locations across North America.
With the HTC Vive having just launched on April 5th, the new demo program provides a much needed opportunity for many to try the Vive before investing $800 into the system.
HTC will have one demo system per store and has partnered with Dell to power the in-store demos with Alienware Area-51 PCs at the Microsoft stores.
The Microsoft flagship store in New York, Bellevue Square in Washington state, City Creek Center in Utah, and Park Meadows Mall in Colorado are the first retailers to offer Vive demos. Additional Microsoft stores are slated to roll out in April with up to 30 stores outfitted this year.
GameStop will offer Vive demos at about 10 locations by April 16th with plans to expand throughout the year.
Although HTC did not share which VR experiences will be available to demo in-store, the Vive currently has more than 120 VR-based titles available live on Steam now.
Microsoft – Available now
– New York, Fifth Avenue
– Bellevue, Bellevue Square Mall
– Salt Lake City, City Creek Center
Microsoft – Coming in April
– Sydney, Westfield Sydney in Pitt Street Mall
– Scottsdale, Scottsdale Fashion Square
– Mission Viejo, The Shop at Mission Viejo
– Lone Tree, Park Meadows Mall
– Austin, The Domain
– Huntington Station, Walt Whitman Shops
– Cincinnati, Kenwood Towne Centre
– Orlando, Mall at Millenia
– Troy, The Somerset Collection
– Dallas, North Park Center
– Tampa, International Plaza
– King of Prussia, King of Prussia Mall
GameStop – Coming on April 16th
– Plano, Preston Road Plano
– New York, Broadway at 85th
– Latham, Latham Farms
– Bellevue, Bellevue Square
– Hillsboro, Tanasbourne Town Center
– Chicago, Brickyard Shopping Center
– Orlando, Hunters Creek
– Brandon, Lake Brandon Shoppes
– West Hollywood, West Hollywood Gateway
– Gulfport, Gulfport Plaza