In the past, we’ve had quite a hard time deciding between getting an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift due to their extremely similar pricing structures. Though the Rift comes in at $600, which is $200 less than the Vive’s retail price of $800, adding in the new Oculus Touch controllers alongside an additional camera for roomscale sets the cost of a Rift quite a bit above the Vive in order to get a similar experience. Even so, Oculus does have a leg up on some things like the ability to imitate a real hand in virtual reality. If you’ve been itching to make the move to buy either headset however, HTC has a deal that may entice you to make a quick decision.
For 2 days only, Friday November 25th and Monday November 28th, consumers everywhere can get their hands on HTC’s Vive HMD for $700, $100 off the normal retail price. This is a pretty sweet deal, as it helps to reduce the cost of entry to the VR space, and may tempt potential buyers to try out the tech.
This sale isn’t limited to HTC’s site either. Buyers can take advantage of this sale almost everywhere the Vive is sold. That means Amazon, Newegg, Microsoft, Gamestop, Micro-center, and now even Fry’s will be holding the sale as well. In addition, many of these stores offer even further discounts. For example, if you are a student Microsoft offers an additional 10% off, which would bring the cost of owning the headset to only $630 before tax. This is one of the lowest prices we have ever seen the headset drop to, so it would be advantageous to take advantage.
HTC has also mentioned that it will be holding sales on a number of titles hosted on its Viveport application during these days. That means that newfound owner’s of the Vive will be able to pick up some of the most popular applications on the cheap. You can take advantage of these deals even if you already own a Vive however, so make sure you keep an eye on that marketplace to snag the best deals HTC can offer.
Many users may be holding off due to the rumors that HTC will announce a 2nd generation product at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but even if that is the case it will likely not ship until decently far into 2017. For those that want to get their hands on the best that VR can offer today, this is a pretty sweet deal.
Are you looking to pick up the headset? I’m certainly tempted. Let’s see if I can resist my trigger finger.