Oculus Rift user has surpassed HTC Vive numbers on Steam two weeks ago. HTC are now looking to turn the tables on Oculus with their new HTC Vive Pro release. The new VR headset will cost £800, and the regular Vive will go down to £500.
HTC have announced the pricing for their VR headsets following the release of HTC Vive Pro on 5 April 2018. Oculus Rift beat Vive in user count on Steam two weeks ago, in part due to lower cost. Oculus Rift now stands at £400 and Vive has just decreased the price gap which may prompt Oculus to reduce their asking price even more.
Today we announced that the HTC Vive Pro™ Head Mounted Display (HMD) will be available for $799 with global pre-orders starting now.— HTC VIVE (@htcvive) March 19, 2018
The company also announced a $100 price reduction for the current Vive full kit.
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HTC Vive Pro will be an improvement over the regular VIve, jumping to 2880x1600 resolution from the current one's 1080x1200. It has built-in headphones that feature noise cancellation. Vive Pro also works with SteamVR Tracking 1.0 and 2.0 so there will be no need for extra steps in replacing the old headset, should you choose to do so.
HTC Vive was originally a high end headset, purposefully more expensive than Oculus Rift, offering a larger tracking area than Rift's , 4GB RAM lower PC requirement and other amenities. First Gen Vive's price was a bumpy ride, first starting at £690, then going up to £760 due to devaluation of GBP and the price then got reduced to £600 in August 2017.
Oculus Rift originally came without controllers, which would later be introduced as Oculus Touch. The Oculus Touch bundle can be found at £400 price tag these days and there is still no confirmed info about its successor Oculus Go's price. It is rumoured to launch at the F8 conference in May.
PlayStation has the cheapest VR gaming headset on the market but it is exclusively used by Sony's console and Microsoft Mixed Reality is the only VR headset that's actively attempting to compete with Oculus and HTC. It seems to be a losing race for Microsoft as its market share is below 5 per cent currently.
HTC Vive Pro is about to take the high end VR market and Oculus Go seems to be aiming to grab the all-in-one-headset market, both leaving Microsoft Mixed Reality to compete with their previous generations.