The HTC Vive is one of the best VR systems in the world right now, but it’s also one of the most expensive. Its original $800 price tag was a lot to stomach for consumers, and add to this the cost of a VR-ready gaming system and you were looking at a serious investment to get onboard with a platform still in its first generation of products.
Thankfully, those wishing to pick up a Vive can now do so for far less, as HTC has slashed 200 bucks off the system’s cost, bringing the price down to $599. This is a permanent price drop which is already in effect on the official Vive website, as well as Amazon.com.
The reduction follows the price cut of the Oculus Rift — the Vive’s main competitor — earlier this year, which also saw $200 taken off its price. That deal put the device and its Oculus Touch controllers at $399, creating a $400 gap between the products for a time. The Rift sale is still ongoing for the summer but the headset and controller bundle will later return to $499, making the systems once again closely matched in terms of costs.
HTC also includes a one-month free trial of its Viveport subscription service with a Vive purchase, which lets you choose five free titles from a collection of more than 200 games and experiences to check out every month (the regular price is $6.99 per month). However, you can also pick up a free one-month trial directly at the Vive subscription page, so I’m not sure why HTC is touting it in the promotion.
As for whether you should wait for a second generation Vive, this might not be on the cards anytime soon. Speaking to The Verge, Vive US general manager Dan O’Brien said, “This is not about clearing the channel to make room for another product. We do expect this version of Vive to stay in market well into 2018 […] we don’t want users to feel like they’re always having to be [up-sold] into new hardware. We do want to make sure that things that we make around the Vive today continue to work with it.”