HTC Vive pre-orders are now live

Prepare to hear the cries of thousands of wallets as $800 is ripped out of their cozy nests.

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Today is HTC Vive pre-order day for those who plan on being an early adopter of not only the VR headset itself, but VR as a whole.

Pre-orders for the HTC Vive are now live on its official website, but be sure you have the $800 you’ll need to place your pre-order. While the price may seem a bit high, we think it’s actually priced appropriately for what’s offered.

HTC offered some new details regarding the Vive just last week during Mobile World Congress. It revealed the headset would allow the wearer to communicate with the outside world by syncing to their phone, allowing them to respond to both incoming and missed phone calls, receive text messages, and more.

The headset also includes a number of improved features first introduced in the Vive Pre. This includes updated wireless controllers with haptic feedback and dual-stage triggers, a front-facing camera, a redesigned headstrap, and an improved visual system.

The HTC Vive is scheduled to release in early April 2016.

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    February 29, 2016 7:00 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, HTC Vive pre-orders are now live

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      February 29, 2016 7:13 AM

      Aww yeah!

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      February 29, 2016 8:16 AM

      Stop it! We all know this aint going nowhere until that device is like $50 TO $100 bucks and even at that price the games would have to be plentiful and the quality unparalleled before its even registering anywhere.

      This was an excersice in wasting money.

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      February 29, 2016 2:46 PM

      And all for the apparently reasonable price of $1,214.00 CDN after shipping.

      Not. In. A. Million. Years.

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        February 29, 2016 2:58 PM

        That's $896 in USD, more than the European markets will pay by about $50

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        February 29, 2016 3:11 PM

        I rationalized it like so: my last full upgrade was almost 5 years ago and cost me $2k. Aside from the GPU, it's still extremely capable.

        So the Vive + a GPU is my 5-year spend. Sure it's big up front, but I think both will last for a long time.

        Even in respect to second or third gen VR, that's an interesting thought. Sure there will be better hmds, but those will likely only be higher res and better lenses. No need to abandon the first gen displays, just those users won't have the same visual fidelity. In this regard, high powered GPUs to handle way higher detailed scenes will be much more important.

        New controllers are possible, but there's nothing to stop you from only buy new controllers vs a whole set.

        I think the initial footprint for both Oculus and Vive allow for bit by bit upgrades, which makes me much less concerned about investing in something that will be obsolete in a year.

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      February 29, 2016 3:40 PM

      Just got the steam popup for it like I'd blow $800 on a whim.

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