HTC has announced that their shot at VR, the Vive will retail at $799 (£554) and will be available from the start of April 2016.
The Vive sees HTC and Valve team up to take on the likes of the Facebook owned Oculus Rift which retails for $200 less than the Vive and launches earlier. However, the Vive does come with two controllers which the Oculus Rift doesn’t, not including the stanard Xbox controller.
As is the case with the Oculus Rift, you will need to also account for the price of a powerful enough PC to handle the VR tech which might see some having to do a hardware update but could also put VR out of reach of the mass market.
In terms of what kind of PC you will need, the requirements are below that expected by the Rift, requiring half the RAM the recommended specs are:
- CPU: Intel i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350 or higher
- GPU: nVidia GeForce GTX970 / AMD Radeon R9 290 or higher
- RAM: 4GB
- Operating System: Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or newer
- Video Out: HDMI 1.4 or DisplayPort 1.2 or newer
- USB Port: 1x USB 2.0 or higher
Targeting itself as a gaming device, HTC announced that they would ship with two games
- Fantastic Contraption – a building game in which people construct machines with their hands.
- Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives – a humorous title set in a world dominated by robots in which people can see what it was like to have to do jobs themselves.