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Report: HTC Vive Possibly Priced As High As $1500

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Posted Jan 12, 2016
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The HTC Vive could well be priced as high as $ 1500, if a recent report from Taiwan is to be believed.

Taiwanese news channel, Focus Taiwan, reports that foreign brokers have estimated the HTC Vive to be priced around $ 1500. According the brokers, the VR headset from HTC uses advanced spatial recognition features resulting in a more expensive price, compared to its rivals. On top of that, its wireless controllers will allow consumers to have a level of immersion not seen in VR headsets.

HTC Vive more expensive than its rival due to advances features & higher level of immersion

The report from Focus mentions, that due to the high price, that the Vive will sell no more than 1 million units this year at most.

Commenting on the forecast pricing for the HTC Vive, some netizens in Taiwan said that they have doubts about how the HTC’s VR gear will compete in the market as the pricing is still high for many young consumers, who receive an average monthly salary of NT$22,000.

But other netizens said Taiwanese consumers should lend their support to HTC, which has made a lot of effort to develop the VR device, and recognize the Taiwanese firm’s achievements in research and development.

Due to the relatively high price, foreign brokerages said that HTC could sell no more than 1 million units this year.

Earlier today we reported on how pre-orders for HTC’s VR device will go live on February 29th. Last week, Oculus announced that their VR headset, the Oculus Rift, is available to pre-order for $599/£500/€700. According Oculus, the Rift will be available in March of this year.

We’re excited to announce that Rift is now available to pre-order for $599 USD on Oculus.com and it will ship to 20 countries starting March 28. People have been dreaming about immersive high-end VR for decades, and we’re thrilled to share Rift with you this March.

Rift will also be available in limited locations at select retailers starting in April.

What are your thoughts on the Vive’s rumoured price tag? Do you prefer the Vive over the Rift or PS VR? Leave a comment below.

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