HTC revealed last week that its Vive virtual reality headset would cost $799 in the US, but the company has kept mum until now on just how much it'll cost early adopters around the world. As of today, it's a mystery no more: the Vive will cost £689 in the UK and €899 across much of Europe. Canadians will owe CAD$1,149, and in Japan, the Vive will cost ¥111,999. HTC has set the price in Australia at $899 (USD). Prices for a few other territories, including China, Taiwan, and New Zealand, are available on HTC's blog.
International gadget buyers won't be surprised to hear that the prices abroad carry quite a premium over the US. The UK price is equal to about $956, and in the EU and Japan the Vive comes to just about $983 at current exchange rates. In China, the Vive costs ¥6,888 — or a hefty $1,053. Part of the reason for the discrepancies is the the US price does not factor in sales tax. The US dollar is also strong.
Pre-orders for the Vive start tomorrow, February 29th, at 10AM ET, and the headset will ship in April. There's no doubt that the Steam VR-powered headset is pricier than its Oculus Rift competition, but, based off our experience with the demo unit, it does offer an improved experience. The Vive also comes with two unique wireless controllers, and two Vive base stations to set up the virtual reality environment. The set also comes with a Vive Link Box and some Vive ear buds. Also, keep in mind that you'll need a pretty beefy computer to use the Vive: HTC recommends a Nvidia GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290 graphics card at the very least.