If you thought the Oculus Rift was having a laugh for what they were asking Australian consumers to fork out, you're going to have a hearty laugh at the Rift's local offer.
We reached out to HTC's internal and external PR for confirmation when the US pre-order price was announced last week. People seemed to be pretty happy: it was a more complete package than the Rift, and came in at roughly the same price.
Except that's not quite what Australians will be paying.
In a post on HTC's official blog, the pre-order price for Australians is US$899, although as a sweetener the pre-order bundle now comes with Google's Tilt Brush. That's a tool designed for painting a 3D space while in virtual reality. Google actually purchased the maker of Tilt Brush — Skillman & Hackett — last year, and it seems pretty cool.
Here's what it looks like in practice.
But back to the Vive: US$899. And just like the Rift, you'll have to pay even more if you're a New Zealander: US$949.
So at the minimum, that's $1262.65 dollarydoos at the current exchange rate. Fortunately, the price does include shipping which is nice. And you'll get the Vive reasonably early. Shipping begins April 5th, which is interesting since it means most people pre-ordering the Vive will get their full kit before anyone who pre-ordered the Rift. And that's not including the delay with Oculus's touch controllers, either.
But still. Damn that price. And don't forget the extra 10 percent you'll have to add courtesy of customs, which brings the whole package to around $1400. Although if you're looking at VR for applications outside of gaming, it's not that expensive. As a gamer though ... looks like my home PC will be giving VR a hard pass this year. (At least until I've upgraded to either Pascal or Polaris, anyway.)