February 27, 2017

As part of its 2017 Mobile World Congress announcements, HTC has made some new payment plans available for people who want to get its PC-based HTC Vive headset. It also announced release dates and prices for two previously revealed accessories, the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap and the Vive Tracker.

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While you still can purchase the Vive for $799, HTC is setting up payment plans for US and Chinese customers who don’t have enough upfront money to get the headset. In the US, consumers can get the Vive at its official site and pay for it for $138 a month for six months, or $66.58 a month for 12 months, with no financing fee. There’s also the option to pay $40.13 a month for 24 months, but that adds a 7.99 percent financing fee. All of these plans also include taxes and shipping.

The Vive Deluxe Audio Strap, which adds integrated audio to the Vive headset combined with a comfortable strap that wraps around a person’s head, will be available for pre-order on May 2 for $99.99. Shipments of the accessory will begin in June. The business edition of the Vive will include the Deluxe Audio Strap at no extra cost starting in June as well.

Finally, the Vive Tracker, which attaches to real world objects so that the Vive headset can track them in virtual reality, will go on sale on March 27 for $99.99, initially to software and hardware developers. A consumer version of the Tracker will be released later in the year, but there’s no word if the price will stay the same. HTC previously announced it will be giving away the first 1,000 units of the Trackers to interested developers, so they could jumpstart the creation of new third-party controllers and other applications for the Vive headset.

One team, CloudGate Studio, says it is already using multiple Vive Trackers to give “full body awareness” for the players of its upcoming VR shooter Island 359. It will be demoed on March 1 at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco at Valve’s booth.

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