HTC Vive priced at $799 USD, will ship to Canada early April

Ian Hardy

February 21, 2016 8:19pm

HTC announced at Mobile World Congress today that its Vive virtual reality headset will be available to order on February 29th at 10:00am EST. The cost is steep at $799 USD, especially considering the exchange rate for Canadians which could bring this closer to $1,100 CAD.

HTC partnered with Valve to bring the Vive to life and will be available to ship into Canada, and 24 other countries around the world — United States, UK, Germany, France, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Ireland, Sweden, Taiwan, China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand — sometime “early April.”

Moving away from the pre-production model Vive Pre, the Vive Consumer Edition has “refreshed branding” with updated headstrap and wireless controllers with haptic feedback. The two wireless VR controllers also comes in the box when you order.

Cher Wang, chairwoman and CEO of HTC, said, “from the beginning, Vive has been at the forefront of virtual reality, with HTC pioneering several ground breaking technologies. Since announcing Vive this time last year, we have worked tirelessly with Valve to deliver the best VR experience on the market; winning multiple awards; and receiving critical acclaim from media, consumers and the industry. With the Vive consumer edition we are now able to realize our ultimate vision of bringing Vive into homes around the globe so that people can experience immersive virtual reality in a way that fires the imagination and truly changes the world.”

Related reading: HTC Vive Pre Hands-on Part 1: The Hardware (video)

  • david matthew

    probably just buy this and use it for a week or two and return it, for the experience

  • Cass_m

    That is too spendy and I love spending money on shiny things.

  • neo905

    I remember back in the 80’s my parents bought us a brand new computer that my brothers and sisters couldn’t wait to get our hands on to play the latest games. It cost about $600USD at the time which would be like $1,000 USD now. It was a Commodore 64. You have to pay to play to be an early adopter. Just wanted to put things in perspective. The stuff kids have now compared to 30 years ago for the relatively low cost it is now is crazy when you think about it.

    • Basil

      Indeed. The first VCR my father bought, in the late 70s, was $1400.

  • DougP

    Quite a bargain compared to the Facebook headset.

    • It’s $200 more expensive… The Rift is $599 USD

    • Chris Box

      Yeah but you get two motion controllers, and an additional camera module.

    • Dave

      Don’t forget you also get cell phone integration, and the VIVE is able to spot your surroundings so you don’t bump into furniture. Also soon they will implement a system that can track your pets if they come into the play area.

    • DougP

      Re: “It’s $200 more expensive…”
      It’s still disingenuous, unless you compare what the Rift would cost once you’ve added:
      1) Additional sensor
      2) 2x motion controllers
      3) [ if being completely fair ] add-on USB camera

      It’s like comparing a computer system that doesn’t come with a monitor/printer to one that comes as a complete package.
      Or comparing a console with almost no internal storage or controllers to one packaged with multiple controllers & 2TB storage.

      Compare “like for like”.

  • Dave

    Do we know how we will be pre-ordering in Canada, will it be through EB games again, as it was with the Link and Controller?

  • Mo Dabbas

    HTC RE 2.0??