HTC have expanded its financing program and rolled out some new bundles to make it easier to get a full setup to dive into virtual reality.
A VR headset like the HTC Vive is expensive enough as it is, but when it then gets coupled with the cost of a VR-ready PC that is sufficiently powerful enough to run VR content, you’re looking at a small fortune.
It seems HTC has identified this as an issue and has introduced three new bundles for virtual reality headsets that now include PCs and graphics cards. If you already have a PC that is capably powerful enough to run VR content but need a new graphics card, you can now get the Vive and the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition for $999.99. HTC claim that’s a $200 discount on the suggested retail price.
Financing has also been made available on this bundle meaning you could get it for as low as $49 per month for 24 months (estimated shipping plus tax). The offer is only valid through April 24th.
The Founders Edition is NVIDIA’s premiere edition of the GeForce GTX 1070. The graphics card delivers the incredible speed and power thanks to NVIDIA Pascal™ GPU architecture—the most advanced GPU ever created.
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The second bundle will get you a HTC Vive headset and a MSI VR Ready laptop for just $125 per month. The MSI GS73VR is one of the best laptops to power a VR-setup.
- Display: 17.3″ Full HD Non-Reflection 1920×1080
- Operating System: Windows 10 Home
- Processor: Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad Core Processor (2.6-3.5 GHz)
- Graphics Card: NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB GDDR5
- RAM: 16 GB (8 GB x2) DDR4 2400 MHz | Hard Drive: 256 GB M.2 SATA SSD + 1 TB (5400 rpm)
- Special features: 120 Hz 5 ms Display | VR READY | Steel Series Full-Color Backlight Keyboard w/ Anti-Ghost Key + Silver Lining | Killer Gaming Network E2400 | Thunderbolt 3 | Slim and Light Design | Metal Build
If you prefer a desktop solution, HTC will pair a Vive with the Cyberpower GXi970 for “less than” $99 per month”, but the exact cost isn’t listed just yet.
The CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme is VR Ready out of the box and optimized for gaming. Included in the package:
- System: Intel i5-7600 3.5 GHz Quad-Core | Intel B250 Chipset | 8 GB DDR4 | 2 TB HDD | 24X DVD±RW Dual-Layer Super-Multi Drive
- Operating System: Windows 10 Home
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB Video Card | 1x DVI | 1x HDMI | 1x DisplayPort
- Connectivity: 6x USB 3.0 | 4x USB 2.0 Ports | 1x RJ-45 Network Ethernet 10/100/1000 | Audio: 7.1 Channel | Keyboard and Mouse
- Special Feature: RGB 7-Color Gaming Keyboard
- Warranty: 1-Year Parts & Labor Warranty | Free Lifetime Tech Support
Offering financing options brings VR even more affordable to consumers who are looking to get started with virtual reality. HTC’s Vive Financing Program currently has three options: zero percent financing for six months and 12 months, or 7.99 percent financing for 24 months.
While these bundles probably won’t save you a ton of money, especially if taken with the finance option, they do offer a solution to buy a complete rig sufficient to power the HTC Vive headset and spread the cost. For those tech savvy users, it will be best to build your own rig, but for those who want a simple prebuilt option then it seems HTC are helping support the purchasing decision of the best hardware to pair with the HTC Vive.
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