HTC Vive receives permanent price drop: now $599

HTC Vive receives permanent price drop: now $599

Despite that, there certainly was a notable lack of truly memorable games during the launch window, with the HTC Vive receiving no exclusive games. It's important to remember, though, that Oculus has its own dedicated store for the Oculus Rift, so these figures may not be an accurate reflection of Vive's access share.

HTC is cutting the price of its Vive VR headset by $200, reducing the suggested retail price of the high-end VR device to $599. The most successful VR headset at present is still the mobile-based Samsung Gear VR. Previously priced at $799, the virtual reality headset will now cost $599 going forward.

In a bid to woo more customers, HTC has knocked £160 off the price of the HTC Vive virtual reality headset. That's a full $200 less than its launch price just over a year ago.

HTC Vive is now the least popular of the three mainstream virtual reality headsets, much of which is due to its previous price point of $799 where it sat uncomfortably outside affordability for most consumers. For that, we'll need further price cuts, advancements and adoption beyond gaming (Facebook).

"We work tirelessly to continue to iterate and improve on Vive to deliver on the promise of VR", Matthew Gepp, HTC Vive's senior social media manager, said in the announcement.

Virtual reality as we know it today burst onto the scene in 2012 with a Kickstarter campaign for the Oculus Rift.

According to Engadget, HTC is not cutting the price down to clear inventory. This includes the current Vive exclusive, Fallout 4 VR, as well as Doom VFR.

All purchases will also bring a free trial for HTC's Viveport subscription service, which allows subscribers to download and play five VR games from a pool of 50 each month. This price cut comes at a ideal time too, as VR games are gaining traction with Triple A developers.