The HTC Vive Pro will set you back $799.Image: Karissa Bell/MashableBy Stan Schroeder2018-03-19 13:32:07 UTC
HTC has announced the price for its new virtual reality headset, the Vive Pro: $799.
The headset, which was originally announced during CES in January, will now become HTC’s flagship VR product. The regular Vive will become the company’s entry level VR headset, with a new price tag of $499.
The Vive Pro has high-resolution, dual OLED displays, with a combined resolution of 2,880 x 1,600 pixels (a 78 percent increase). It also has a slightly different design (more comfortable, HTC claims), and new integrated headphones with a built-in amplifier.
For comparison, the HTC Vive’s displays only have a 2,160 x 1,200 resolution.
HTC claims the Vive Pro is more comfortable than the regular Vive.There’s an important distinction between the Vive and the Vive Pro that may not be immediately apparent. The $499 price HTC is asking for the Vive includes two handheld controllers and two base stations for tracking. But the $799 HTC Vive Pro price only includes the headset — it is for some reason assumed that you already own the controllers and the base stations (which cost a pretty penny on their own — $135 for a single base station and $130 for a single controller).
Also, there’s still a huge discrepancy in pricing between the U.S. and the EU. In Europe, the Vive kit costs 599 euros ( $737) and the Vive Pro headset costs 879 euros ($1,082).
The HTC Vive Pro will start shipping on April 5. To sweeten the deal, HTC will give a free, six-month Viveport subscription for each Vive Pro purchased by June 3.