A quick news post for anyone following the HTC Vive announcements: as we reported back at MWC, the official pricing and timing for pre-orders was announced.  For your $799 on February 29th at 10am EST, you get the following:

  • HTC Vive head mounted display (HMD)
  • Two Base Stations (for location)
  • One pair of controllers
  • A Link Box
  • Vive Ear buds

As part of the package, two titles were also announced as being bundled: Job Simulator (the demo of which I still remember vividly as trying managed to microwave steak and wine) and Fantastic Contraption. As of yesterday, HTC announced that Google’s Tilt Brush will also be a part of the pre-order bundle for a limited time. Tilt Brush is the VR equivalent of MS Paint, that initial drawing platform allowing users to create, but this time in a full 3D environment.

The pre-order time is set to go green in about an hour:

  • 10am ET
  • 7am PT
  • 3pm GMT (UK)
  • 4pm CET

The listed $799 price last week was the US pricing, without tax. HTC has announced regional pricing as well:

Region MSRP Pricing
* indicates without tax pricing
USA USD $799*
Canada CAD $1149*
Australia USD $899
China CNY 6888
Taiwan NTD $28,288
Japan JPY ¥111,999
UK GBP £689
New Zealand USD $949
Eurozone EUR €899

Credit card purchases will use a hold on the funds, whereas Paypal transactions will be processed immediately. Shipping beings April 5th, indicating that pre-orders will be first come, first serve, limited to one per customer. The link to preorder will be www.htcvive.com – we have not heard if there is limited preorder units, or if it will be ‘as we build them, they will be shipped’.

Source: HTC

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  • bug77 - Monday, February 29, 2016 - link

    Actually, I think the CAD was pretty stable. It was the USD that has been devalued for a while.
  • extide - Monday, February 29, 2016 - link

    If that was the case then it would take LESS canadian dollars. The USD has gained strength relative to the canadian dollar.
  • sabrewings - Monday, February 29, 2016 - link

    What he's saying is that for many years the USD was devalued. The USD has since gained strength and returned to its former self, making it appear the CAD has dropped. Since a lot of companies set their pricing in USD, it has the effect to other economies that their currency has dropped when it's not quite that simple.
  • jasonelmore - Monday, February 29, 2016 - link

    Wow $49 sales tax in kentucky.. Didnt even know HTC had a office here in kentucky.. That pushed my price up to $900 counting shipping
  • mrvco - Monday, February 29, 2016 - link

    How long do I have to play Job Simulator to earn $799? And does Fantastic Contraception support multi-player?
  • JeffFlanagan - Monday, February 29, 2016 - link

    Just a week, but it'll be a simulated $799.
  • nerd1 - Sunday, March 6, 2016 - link

    WHY is it this expensive? All it has is a single OLED panel, inertial sensors and a camera.

    OLED panels are now dirt cheap (8" galaxy tab s2 is around $250-300 for WHOLE DEVICE) and memes inertial sensors cost almost nothing. Camera may cost $5. So the whole device should be $300-400 range.
  • keeepcool - Monday, March 7, 2016 - link

    Can the galaxy tab display work at 90Hz refresh rate?
    There is a LOT of software/firmware, there is the controllers, the laser projectors and inherent tracking, if you think it can be done with a 400$ final price, go for it and be millionaire.

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