HTC Vive Pro Released in April for 799 USD

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    HTC announced that its Vive Pro headset will be released in April with a 799 USD price tag (879 euros). Worldwide pre-orders have begun. The original Vive will get cheaper....

    HTC Vive Pro Released in April for 799 USD
     
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    I heard it was supposed to be wireless, guess not yet. Maybe will get this one for my birthday.
     
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    This is highly overpriced. I bought the Rev 1 Vive on release for around the same price which included base stations and controllers and was arguably more ground breaking than this headset which seems like a small upgrade.

    I won't be upgrading at this price and will start looking at alternatives to HTC in the future.

    They should have made it a lot cheaper to upgrade and they could have insured more people will continue using Vive and increase their VR market share.
     
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    IIRC it's going to be sold as a separate receiver/addon thingy. Probably going to cost a bunch and have 3 minute runtime.

    $800 is too much for just the Vive. If it included all the controllers/standalone sensor thingies, I'd think the price would be ok.. but it's $1300+ if you own nothing and want the full Vive experience.
     

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    Was looking forward to this but i agree its too expensive, will either wait for some price cuts/bundles ,preferably with stations/controllers.

    Either that or wait longer for oculus to release something new, which im sure will be less expensive.
     
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    looking at the price of this, and the 299 for a (ps4) vr hmd, even that it runs lower res,
    will be enough for me, considering price difference.

    i prefer image quality, but not for a 500$ difference.
     
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    $799 is not 850 Euro, it should be something like 640 Euro..
     
  8. Glidefan

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    It's not a USD to euro translation. That's its price for the EU. In-fact, it's €879.
    Taxes and the like.
     
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    I'm going to hold off on getting another VR headset until:
    * The screen door effect is either minimal or eliminated (I figure one 4K display per eye ought to be sufficient for that).
    * Improvements toward motion sickness.
    * Better Linux support. This isn't a "must have" for me, but it's a little annoying how there's not even a good up-to-date video player.
     
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    yeah damn forgot about motion sickness issues. It is unfortunately still not resolved.
     

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    Been more appropriate to release on Halloween with that scary price.
     
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    Emmm I don't get how motion sickness can be prevented from the hardware side, that's pure software related (not to confuse with headaches from incorrect eye position calibration).

    Btw, what is preventing Samsung from creating a hmd using curved led screens without lenses???
     
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    I'm sticking with my CV1 at least till they go wireless, higher resolution is nice and all but still tethered to a cable is major drawback to me, even with proper cable management I still get tangled now and then especially standing up using the Touch controllers and that price needs to come down,

    serious ripoff right now but you can say that about most hardware these days.
     
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    Oh wow that's just for the HMD. I thought it was weird they didn't mention the new controllers, hadn't considered they would sell it at that price without them.
     
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    It’s expesive sure, but also not really. This is the new top spec headset for vr. Not to mention having two high refresh rate screens . Plus high end headphones. The R&D that goes into this and then cost of material justifys the cost. And just like the old vive this one will also drop in price overtime and even more when the new vive after this one comes out.

    And for those asking for wireless, I wouldn’t hold my breath. Our technology isn’t fully there for that yet specially at such a high resolution and two screens at once given that. Not to mention th battery unlesss you want to wear a backpack sort of thing.
     

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    Yes but you haven't considered the fact that it's actually cheaper to improve an existing product than to build one from scratch, the original Vive which sold for $799 at launch would have had considerably higher R&D costs due to the fact that it was developed from scratch and yet they still managed to include the sensors and two controllers at that price so yeah IMO HTC Vive Pro is overpriced, but regardless i'm sure they'll still sell some people will pay anything to have the latest.
     
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    I agree on the R&D aspect, this thing looks to have corrected the resolution, comfort, sound problems of the original. The stereo cameras are a very nice addition too - granted no apps currently exist, but you could do AR or maybe even enable some basic "leap motion"-like hand tracking setup... just depends on the specific hardware with the cameras.

    In any, the price is steep but I expect it will come down in a few months. Very disappointed that they are doing a release, especially at this price, without the wireless being ready. That is the "killer app" for VR, hands down. I have a TPCAST wireless setup my Vive and, despite any flaws (and there are plenty), it improves the experience of VR more than I can convey. I can get 3-4 hours on a charge with it, though the battery pack that clips to your waist leaves a lot to be desired. Fingers crossed that HTC can get the wireless component right - TPCAST / wireless original Vive is amazing but leaves a ton of room for improvement.
     
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    It's obvious to everyone that VR needs 4K. When that hits VR will be a viable method of gaming for a lot of people once the price rights itself through more demand. Could be a bit though.
     
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    You need lenses for screen 3cm from your eye to be optically at acceptable range of few dozens cm to meters. Curved screen will do 1 thing right. It will allow lens to have same focus on edge of screen as it has on center.
     
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    It still not make a sense, why is US price without taxes and EU with them, for which country are taxes counted? I sure that they are trying to squeeze extra money from EU customers..
     

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