Created in partnership with Valve, HTC’s Vive Virtual Reality headset is now open for pre-orders with shipping to start on April 5. HTC has also announced the headset’s international prices in a blog post on February 29.
The Vive five-piece virtual reality kit, comprising a high-spec HD visor, two location-sensing cubes, and a pair of controllers, costs $799, and orders will be limited to one unit per customer. In addition to “Fantastic Contraption” and “Job Simulator,” Google’s “Tilt” will now also be included in the pre-order package.
Designed and manufactured in partnership with PC gaming giant Valve Corporation (”Dota 2,” “Portal,” “Half-Life” and the Steam store), the HTC Vive virtual reality kit also includes a phone service that allows users to make and take calls, compose text messages, and check up on calendar appointments all while within the Vive’s virtual world.
PCs’ powering a Vive will need an Nvidia GTX970 or AMD R9 290 graphics card, and an Intel i5 or AMD FX 8350 CPU chip.
With inputs from AFP