The Vive VR headset was announced some time back but now, just over a year later, you’ll be able to actually buy the thing.
HTC have been working in partnership with Valve and the consumer edition you can buy will have three VR experiences in the box. They are…
– Tilt Brush, by Google. For painting in 3D. We saw this in action during Mobile World Congress. You basically get to graffiti your 360 degree world with stars, fire and brush strokes.
– Job Simulator. Where you take a look at how robots do jobs.
– Fantastic Contraption. A floating grassy island in the sky where you can build a machine.
There’s also something called “Vive Phone Services” which let you receive texts, send quick replies and receive and respond to phone calls. How much? How much for this? Well, it’s available to pre-order today at 3PM with “fulfilment and full commercial availability” on April 5th. Ahh, so another month to wait then. Perhaps the most important part is the price, and that’s £689 here in the UK.
Let’s do some comparisons..
A Samsung Galaxy VR is powered by Oculus, is £80. However, you’ll need a phone to slot in the front. Officially it supports the Galaxy Note 5 (available for around £430.95), S6 edge+ (£700), S6 (£549) and S6 edge £499.99). Let’s say that you head to Expansys and get yourself a sexy S6 edge for £499.99 then you buy the Gear VR for £80. Total price? £579.99, and you can unplug the phone when you’re not using the headset to use it as .. a phone.
The HTC Vive is over £109 more, but HTC point out that you get three free games, two wireless VR controllers, room scale movement sensors and a built in camera.
I’ve gotta admit. It’s a lot of money. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love VR and the 360 degree experience, but I’m not sure if I’d pay nearly £700 for it.
Full details below..
HTC AND VALVE ANNOUNCE UK PRICING FOR VIVE CONSUMER EDITION
Google’s Tilt Brush to complete an amazing three title content bundle
UK, February 28th, 2016 – HTC, a pioneer in innovative, smart technologies, in partnership with Valve®, today unveiled the UK pricing and a third title for the consumer edition of its ViveTM virtual reality system. With a global reveal at Mobile World Congress this week, for a limited time the consumer edition will now ship with three fully-fledged VR experiences:
· Tilt Brush, by Google: Paint in 3D space with virtual reality. Unleash your creativity with three-dimensional brush strokes, stars, light, and even fire. Your room is your canvas. Your palette is your imagination. The possibilities are endless.
· Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives, 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, and then watching it roll out into the world.
Enabling you to stay connected to the real world, without exiting the virtual world, the consumer edition also includes Vive Phone Services – demonstrating the ability to combine both realities without losing touch of either. By allowing you to receive and respond to both incoming and missed calls, get text messages and send quick replies and check upcoming calendar invites directly through the headset, Vive creates a hybrid reality opening up a whole new world of possibilities for both consumers and businesses. Refreshed branding and an updated headstrap complete the all up package.
The Vive consumer edition will be available to pre-order from 29th February, with pre-order fulfilment and full commercial availability on April 5th. Priced at £689.00, the Vive is the first complete VR solution, including two wireless VR controllers, room scale movement sensors, and an HMD featuring a built in camera and phone services, plus the three VR titles.