HTC Vive VR headset is now available with a $200 (approximately Rs 12,900) price cut in the US. The virtual reality gear can now be bought for $599 (approximately Rs 38,500) in the country. The price drop is currently applicable in select markets only, and will soon come in effect in other global markets including India, Australia, New Zealand, and the Middle East. Also Read - Ola to offer free oxygen concentrators to the needyAlso Read - Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Long-term Review
While the price in the European region is now down to 699 (approximately Rs 52,900). In India, the headset currently retails for around Rs 92,000. The company will announce the price drop specific to India market ‘soon'”, HTC told BGR India. At the moment, no timeline has been provided onto when exactly can expect the headset to get the price slash in India. Also Read - OnePlus India partners American Express for cashback deals, EMI offers and more
With the price drop move, HTC seems to be going head on with rival Oculus Rift, which currently retails at $399 (approximately Rs 25,700) as part of a holiday sale scheme. The Facebook-owned Oculus Rift essentially launched at $499 (approximately Rs 32,000). However, during a conversation with Polygon, Rikard Steiber, president of Viveport dismissed such speculations. He says HTC has been a leader in the product category for long, and always aimed at making high-end VR available to all at affordable prices and price drop has been brought in place to reach to masses. ALSO READ: Alleged HTC Vive smartphone leaked via promotional video
In addition to the price drop, with every HTC Vive purchase users get a month of free trial to HTC’s Viveport subscription service with access to over 200 VR games. You can choose a maximum of five titles in a month including Google’s Tilt Brush, Everest VR, and Richie s Plank Experience, the company announced. The Viveport subscription in India is priced at Rs 399 per month.