One of the primary complaints about VR is the limited availability; it is nearly impossible to walk into a store and purchase a headset, and many people still haven’t received their Oculus preorders. The Vive, on the other hand, has barely been available since the initial preorder. That’s all about to change.
Micro Center announced via an online mailer that it now has the HTC Vive in stock. Units purchased this weekend received Google Tilt Brush, Fantastic Contraption, and Job Simulator for free. Gamers and VR enthusiasts with $800 burning a hole in their pocket are encouraged to purchase a system before supply runs out.
Oddly enough, the HTC Vive does not seem to be available through Micro Center’s online store. Fans of the system will need to make the journey to the nearest Micro Center in-person in order to get their hands on the Vive. We did some calling around, and found that, at the time of this writing, many stores still have stock, but it’s hard to say how long things will last. Even so, reports have begun to trickle in that shipping times have dropped significantly from the initial craze for those interested in purchasing online.
Despite shorter shipping times, nothing compares to the feeling of actually getting your hands on (and head in) the Vive. Even if you can’t afford to purchase the HTV Vive at the moment, participating in one of Micro Center’s in-store demos is a great way to experience what VR has to offer.
If you’re interested in purchasing a Vive, it’s a good idea to call your local Micro Center and make sure they have the Vive in stock and demos ready to play before you make the journey there.