HTC is cutting the price of its Vive virtual reality headset to respond to the Oculus Rift price cut (FB)

HTC Vive

HTC is permanently cutting the price of its virtual reality (VR) headset, the HTC Vive, down $200/£200 to $599 in the US and £599 in the UK.

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

The Facebook subsidiary’s VR headset is currently on sale for $399 (£310), but will still settle on a final $499 (£387) price when the deal ends in six weeks, down $100 (£77) from the original price.

According to Engadget, HTC is not cutting the price down to clear inventory. This is seemingly just a strictly competitive move, as the Vive would become too hard to sell with a $300 (£232) price difference with its main competitor.

The Rift’s bundle will offer the headset, two sensors, a pair of Touch controllers, cables, and six free VR experiences and games.

HTC’s package will instead give you access to a free trial of the Viveport monthly subscription app service, in addition to other free titles like Everest VR and Google’s Tilt Brush.

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