Vive headset now ships directly from HTC, available in more demo locations

The VR headset will ship within 2-3 days of purchase.


Consumers who decide to pull the trigger on a Vive, HTC's $799 VR headset, won't have to wait long to step into a new realm of entertainment. HTC announced that its Vive can be purchased directly from in 24 countries, and will ship within two to three business days of purchase.

Eight hundred dollars is a hefty asking price, and many consumers will want to try before they buy. HTC has them covered, too. Later this month, Vive kiosks will be installed in 100 retail locations in North America, spread across GameStop, Microsoft Stores, and Micro Center establishments.

"The demonstrations are open to the general public to experience room-scale virtual reality first-hand with the variety of content available on Steam," per HTC's announcement.

Eight hundred dollars gets you the Vive headset, two wireless controllers, and access to over 200 Vive-ready titles (and counting) through Steam. The full list of compatible games can be found at

"Since beginning pre-orders at the end of February and shipping in early April, we’ve seen incredible interest in Vive," said Dan O’Brien, VP of VR at HTC. "Working with our retail partners has only enhanced that momentum because more people are able to try the only truly immersive virtual reality offering on the market today."

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