You've waited, you've wondered, and now we have an answer. Mobile phone manufacturer HTC has finally announced how much it'll cost to acquire their virtual reality collaboration with Valve, and it's about as pricey as we expected: US$799.
The news broke in the early hours of the morning. A post on HTC's blog confirmed that the Vive will cost US$799 when pre-orders become available next Monday.
The entire package will come with the two Vive touch controllers and the two wireless Lighthouse* sensor boxes. "Vive will be delivered as a complete kit allowing users to instantly jump into a fully immersive virtual environment using two wireless controllers, 360 degree tracking and room scale movement sensors," the blog post adds."
Vive purchasers will receive two games with the bundle: Fantastic Contraption, a game about "building things", according to one of the creators, and Job Simulator, a game about robots learning what it was like to do a job.
HTC also lists three manufacturers producing PCs and laptops that will be capable of powering the Vive upon release. MSI's GT72 and GT80 series are supposedly "overclock ready" Intel i7 machines powerful enough for the Vive, while Alienware "provides a range of systems that are tested to ensure an incredible VR experience".
The only machine specifically recommended with a purchase link at this stage is the HP ENVY Phoenix, a desktop PC that starts at $1700. The starting specifications include 16GB of DDR4-2133 RAM, an i7-6700K Intel Skylake quad core CPU, an R9 390X 8GB GPU from AMD, a solitary 2TB 7200 RPM SATA hard drive, Windows 10, and other accessories. The HTC Vive is not included in the price of the desktop, despite HP's heavy advertisement for the technology on the landing page.
I've reached out to HTC for confirmation of how much the kit will cost locally, as well as what the cost of shipping might be. If any new information comes to light, I'll keep you updated.
Update (10:13 AM): The Vive's wireless sensor boxes are called Lighthouse, not Lightroom, my bad.