If you were wondering when the HTC Vive VR kit will begin accepting preorders, the official date has now been availed.
The $799 Vive can now be preordered from the official website and it will include a VR headset as well as controllers. Shipments for the HTC Vive VR will begin on April 5.
HTC is not the only company that will be shipping a new VR headset. Oculus VR, a virtual reality company now owned by Facebook, will also begin its shipments about a week earlier on March 28. To make matters worse for the Vive, the Oculus Rift costs $200 less, something that may be a turn off for the Taiwanese company.
Nonetheless, latest reports reveal that the newly availed HTC Vive VR, whose preorders begun on the last day of February, sold over 15,000 units in the first 10 minutes of preorders going live. This is an indicator of how great consumers view this device to be. While the Rift ships alongside a Xbox One controller, the HTC Vive comes with two wand-like controllers that allow users to touch as well as interact with VR objects as if they were real.
Facebook has promised that it will be rolling out its own version of similar controllers for the Rift; however, this will have to wait until somewhere in the summer. To make matters worse, there is no word on how much these Oculus Touch controllers will cost.
While HTC is thriving with the record sales it has already registered as far as the Vive is concerned, Facebook is probably reveling in the same sense with its Oculus Rift. According to reports, the first shipment sold in just a few minutes and as it stands, most preorders have been pushed forward, with any new preorder not due until somewhere in July.
The Vive has its own strengths against the Rift. The former comes with extra sensors that can easily monitor your movements all over the room. On the other hand, the latter will mostly give users a “seated” experience. This is what really separates these two devices at the moment – the Vive lets you enjoy it from everywhere, doing anything as long as you keep within a space of 15 square foot.
One other thing you need to know about the HTC Vive VR headset before placing a preorder is that it works with very powerful PCs. This is contrary to other VR devices that work with smartphones, for instance, Samsung Gear VR. However, Oculus VR is trying to make life easier by teaming up with a number of known PC sellers in a bid to include the Rift headset as a bundled product. HTC hasn’t revealed similar plans for the Vive; however, the $799 package will include a headset, two controllers, two base stations, a link box, earbuds as well as two bundled games.