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HTC lowers the VR threshold with Vive package deals

HTC lowers the VR threshold wi...
HTC is trying to win potential customers from the competition by offering package deals and financing for VR-ready PCs
HTC is trying to win potential customers from the competition by offering package deals and financing for VR-ready PCs
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HTC is trying to win potential customers from the competition by offering package deals and financing for VR-ready PCs
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HTC is trying to win potential customers from the competition by offering package deals and financing for VR-ready PCs
HTC Vive + NVIDIA GeForce 1070
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HTC Vive + NVIDIA GeForce 1070
HTC Vive + VR-ready laptop from MSI
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HTC Vive + VR-ready laptop from MSI

A PC-powered headset is a must for premium virtual reality experiences. The companies behind the two leading headsets – the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift – are battling for early adopters by lowering the barriers to obtaining a VR-capable PC. Today, HTC announced package deals to woo potential customers.

HTC announced three offers. The first bundles an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition graphics card with a Vive headset for US$1,000 (or financed at $49 per month for 24 months). This offer runs until April 24 and represents a $200 savings from the suggested retail price for both. It should be ideal for individuals that already have a capable PC which needs only a powerful graphics card to become VR-ready.

HTC Vive + NVIDIA GeForce 1070
HTC Vive + NVIDIA GeForce 1070

HTC is also launching a second bundle with an MSI VR-ready laptop and Vive headset/controllers. The full retail price is $2,498, or if financed, about $125 per month over two years. The MSI GS73VR has a 17.3-inch display, Intel core i7 processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card and 16 GB of RAM.

Lastly, there is a desktop bundle which pairs the Vive with a Cyberpower GXi970, available financed for less than $99 per month for two years. The GXi970 includes an Intel core i5 processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card and 8 GB of RAM.

HTC Vive + VR-ready laptop from MSI
HTC Vive + VR-ready laptop from MSI

While HTC has mostly tried to win potential customers over with discounts and financing, the competition is stiff: Oculus has not only given the Rift a permanent price drop, it has also taken steps to lower the minimum requirements for Rift-ready PCs.

Source: HTC

1 comment
guzmanchinky
I have a Vive. Trust me, you want the Vive, not the Oculus. The Oculus makes most people way more seasick. And you want at least a 1070. Anything less will be glitchy. And sometimes even my 1070 gets overwhelmed.