HTC has announced that its forthcoming Vive Pro HMD virtual reality headset will cost £799.
The company’s second-generation VR headset, due to ship on April 5, will come with a free six-month Viveport subscription (bringing five Vive titles per month) for all purchases made before June 3. In addition, HTC has announced that it has reduced the price of the original Vive by £100 to £499.
Paul Brown, general manager of HTC Vive Europe, said: “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. 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.”
The Vive Pro HMD (HMD stands for Head Mounted display) claims to offer: “The best display, audio, and comfort in the industry.” Its technical highlights include dual-OLED displays with a combined resolution of 2,880×1,600 (78 per cent better than the original Vive), integrated headphones with a built-in amplifier and a redesigned head-strap. The Vive Pro becomes available for pre-order today, and as it works with SteamVR Tracking 10 and 2.0, existing Vive owners can upgrade their headsets while continuing to use their controllers.
The free six-month subscription to Viveport offered to early adopters of the Vive Pro may prove attractive, since HTC has also announced that the monthly price of a Viveport subscription will rise from £6.99 to £8.99 on March 22. Although HTC said: “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.” And anyone who purchases the original Vive at its new £499 price-point will also get a free two-month subscription to Viveport.