HTC has presented a payment plan for Vive buyers to ease the still-stiff pricing of $799.
At the Game Developer’s conference in San Francisco last February end, HTC announced:
“For the first time, Vive is launching a financing program in North America. For $66 a month and no-interest financing for 12 months, users can purchase a Vive on Vive.com with zero down. Additional new financing options are available at varying finance terms.”
This is certainly good news, although it does not detract from the fact that the Vive will still cost a big chunk of money, a feeling magnified by the fact that the Vive’s main competitor the Oculus Rift has slashed prices on its headset and controllers by $100 each – resulting in a more palatable $598 total price.
Still, this is cutting-edge technology, and the cutting edge is usually an expensive place. I would also argue that you get a lot of hardware for the price, and that room-scale on the vive is a more polished afair, but I don’t want to start a Vive versus Rift commentary here, where all VR is welcome, so I’ll leave it at that. Whichever brand you’re gunning for, it’s a good time to get stuck into VR.