The grand new HTC Vive Pro

Joanna Estrada
April 4, 2018

Now's the time to buy HTC Vive Pro, because you can get it in a kit that includes everything but the PC needed. First, we introduced Vive Pro as an HMD-only upgrade because it represented the quickest path to market for the new headset. This bundle pairs the Vive Pro HMD and two Vive 1.0 controllers and two 1.0 base stations for $1099 (USD, regional prices vary).

For everybody else, there's the new Vive Pro Starter Kit.

"We pushed for an aggressive price and value package here because we want our customers to realize the savings we've made in material costs since Vive was introduced and get the most content available", reads the post.

HTC faced criticism for offering the new Vive Pro as a headset-only system, with VR newbies frustrated they'd have to spend considerably more to outfit themselves with the controllers and other accessories, and now it's addressing that. You see, the HTC Vive Pro required an existing Vive setup. HTC said it would announce a bundle for the Pro soon, and it's kept that promise.

So, if you didn't own a HTC Vive and wanted the HTC Vive Pro, you were in an odd situation. April 5th marks the two-year anniversary of the HTC Vive's launch.

The HTC Vive Pro's price is quite low, forcing HTC to cut the price of the current HTC Vive VR headset by $100 down to $499, available on amazon.com. "We still expect Vive to serve as the entry point for most people into room-scale VR", the company said.

In addition, HTC has also confirmed that the bog standard Vive is getting a price reduction to a more affordable £500 price tag. These improved graphics and audio allow for users to experience VR with enhanced clarity, making it the most realistic and immersive VR experience on the market today.

The team goes on to restate that the Vive Pro headset is comparable with both StreamVR Tracking 1.0 and the yet-unreleased SteamVR Tracking 2.0 and that it plans to share more details on the 2.0 kits in the near future.

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