HTC Vive VR headset gets a $200 discount

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As Engadget first reported, the news may be coming in light of the recent discount Oculus made to its own headset, the Rift.

HTC has given its virtual reality headset - the Vive - a $200 (about Rs. 12,800) price cut in the U.S., which brings the total cost down to $599 (about Rs. 38,400).

As HTC's system comes with controllers, that means the rival systems essentially cost the same now, though in both cases users will also need a beefy PC to power the virtual reality (VR) experience.

Players who purchase the HTC Vive headset bundle will also get a free trial of Viveport Subscription, which allows them to play up to five titles per month free of charge. In order to make sure that their product is sold, HTC Vive has chose to slash its prices.

"We want to really significantly boost VR adoption now across the globe", says Vive US general manager Dan O'Brien, as the Vive's second holiday season approaches.

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In July, Oculus launched a sale for the Rift with Touch controllers that severely undercut the price of the HTC Vive system.

We have previously heard that following launch, the HTC Vive took a sizeable lead in the market over the Oculus Rift. Although this is still $100 more than the Rift/Touch kit, at least the Vive headset has become somewhat more affordable now. There's no word yet ion how much that device will cost, but it will likely be just as expensive as high-end VR headsets like the Vive or the Rift.

HTC has knocked $200 off the price of its Vive virtual reality headset, bringing the price down to $599 from $799. Vive now supports more than 3,600 titles across Steam and Viveport with new high-quality games arriving from popular studios.

Now is a great time to jump onto the VR train, all aboard folks!

The platform has mostly been populated by short experiences, but we're expecting to see a raft of premium AAA content arriving shortly, including Fallout 4 and Doom VFR from Bethesda.

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