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HTC Drops price of HTC Vive to $499

The HTC Vive Pro arrives in April for $799, current Vive drops to $499

Along with launching Vive Pro pre-orders, HTC has also reduced the price of its first-generation Vive headset to $699 CAD ($499 USD) from $783 CAD ($599 USD).

"By lowering the price of the current Vive, we are making VR more accessible while expanding the potential market for developers", O'Brien wrote. If you were therefore on the fence for your HTC Vive purchase, now might be the time to act. Unfortunately, this system still requires external sensors, though HTC says that the Vive Pro will work with your existing controllers and base stations if you're an early adopter. The price for a complete Vive Pro Kit has not been divulged yet, but it may not be far off.

More positively, the company is knocking another $100 off of the price of the regular non-Pro Vive, which will now retail for $499 will all the fixings.

The Vive Pro will start shipping on April 5th for $799.

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The Vive Pro, announced last January, will feature built-in headphones and dual-OLED displays at a combined image resolution of 2880 x 1600.

You can reserve your Vive Pro from the official Vive website right now, and as you can tell by the title of this article, it'll cost you a whopping $799. The HTC Vive supports 2160×1200 resolution (1080×1200 per eye), adjustable straps and interchangeable inserts, eye relief adjustments, integrated microphone and 110 degrees field of view. That package also includes a two-month Viveport subscription as well as a code to download Fallout 4 VR, which normally costs $59.99 on its own. Although it will more than likely not come near the performance and capabilities of its tethered alternatives, it should more than likely make a splash that will pressure the defaulted elimination of all cables in the future (and a more affordable VR market). In fact, the only difference between the specs lists is the requirement of a USB 3.0 port in the PC you'll use with your VIVE Pro.