After a significant price cut for Oculus Rift, HTC also decided to discount the Vive VR headset by reducing its cost of $200.
Now it is possible to buy the HTC Vive at $599 but only in the US. However, $100 more than the currently available Oculus Rift headset. According to the company and the rumors that have emerged so far, HTC Vive price cut seems to be simply linked to a market alignment and not to the imminent launch of a new VR headset wearable or poor sales.
It’s interesting to note that if you needed a this kind of product for almost $1000, now it’s quite acceptable for most users. It requires a high-end PC with the minimum system requirements such as Intel Core i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350 equivalent or better, Nvidia GeForce GTX 970, AMD Radeon R9 290 equivalent or better, 4GB of RAM, and more. The Vive headset features a front-facing camera, an integrated microphone, Bluetooth connectivity, and HTC is also touting a new feature called Vive Phone Services, giving users access to phone features such as making or receiving phone calls, reading text messages, seeing calendar invites, and more.
The Vive headset ships with two wireless controllers, two Lighthouse laser base stations for room-based motion tracking, a hub to collect data and send it to the PC.