UPDATE: According to a tweet from Shen Ye from HTC, apparently the company sold 15,000 HTC Vive systems in the first 10 minutes of pre-orders going on sale.
The day has finally arrived. Worldwide pre-orders for the HTC Vive have begun.
The Vive system can be pre-ordered as a complete kit for $799 USD, allowing users to instantly jump into room-scale VR using two wireless controllers and full 360-degree tracking with movement sensors (lighthouses). You will need a pretty powerful computer in order to run the whole system, so if you haven’t already, be sure to check your system with SteamVR’s performance test app to see if you’re VR READY!
You can pre-order the HTC Vive here: http://www.htcvive.com
The HTC Vive consumer edition has made quite a few improvements over the first DK1 VR system like updating the head strap and integrating a camera into the front of the Vive headset. Also, the consumer edition Vive has integrated phone functionality, enabling you to stay connected to the real world, without exiting the virtual world. Meaning you can receive and respond to incoming calls and get text messages. It’s like HTC already assumes you will never leave VR.
For a limited time, the consumer edition will also ship with three VR experiences to get you started.
- Job Simulator by Owlchemy Labs: In a firmly tongue-in-cheek world where robots have replaced all human jobs, step into the ‘Job Simulator’ to learn what it was like ‘to job’.
- Fantastic Contraption by Northway Games in collaboration with Radial Games: Imagine walking around a grassy island floating in the sky, building a machine the size of a horse with your own hands, then watching it roll out into the world.
- Google’s Tilt Brush is an app for the Vive that lets you paint in 3D space, letting you paint life-size brush strokes, stars, light and even fire all within VR. Tilt Brush’s intuitive interface lets you toggle between colors and creation tools, so your creative freedom is nearly boundless, and because you’re in a 3D space, you can walk into and around your creations, making art experiential. It’s like Microsoft Paint from the future and definitely one of our favorites.
If you are outside the United States, pricing may vary depending on the country.
HTC will accept both credit card and Paypal transactions, but keep in mind that for credit card payments a hold will be placed on the card at time of pre-order. PayPal transactions will be charged in full at time of pre-order.
Shipping begins April 5th and you can pre-order the HTC Vive here: http://www.htcvive.com