A quick news post for anyone following the HTC Vive announcements: as we reported back at MWC, the official pricing and timing for pre-orders was announced.  For your $799 on February 29th at 10am EST, you get the following:

  • HTC Vive head mounted display (HMD)
  • Two Base Stations (for location)
  • One pair of controllers
  • A Link Box
  • Vive Ear buds

As part of the package, two titles were also announced as being bundled: Job Simulator (the demo of which I still remember vividly as trying managed to microwave steak and wine) and Fantastic Contraption. As of yesterday, HTC announced that Google’s Tilt Brush will also be a part of the pre-order bundle for a limited time. Tilt Brush is the VR equivalent of MS Paint, that initial drawing platform allowing users to create, but this time in a full 3D environment.

The pre-order time is set to go green in about an hour:

  • 10am ET
  • 7am PT
  • 3pm GMT (UK)
  • 4pm CET

The listed $799 price last week was the US pricing, without tax. HTC has announced regional pricing as well:

Region MSRP Pricing
* indicates without tax pricing
USA USD $799*
Canada CAD $1149*
Australia USD $899
China CNY 6888
Taiwan NTD $28,288
Japan JPY ¥111,999
UK GBP £689
New Zealand USD $949
Eurozone EUR €899

Credit card purchases will use a hold on the funds, whereas Paypal transactions will be processed immediately. Shipping beings April 5th, indicating that pre-orders will be first come, first serve, limited to one per customer. The link to preorder will be www.htcvive.com – we have not heard if there is limited preorder units, or if it will be ‘as we build them, they will be shipped’.

Source: HTC

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  • Murloc - Monday, February 29, 2016 - link

    it seems there's no australia tax but they're gouging european buyers.
  • Murloc - Monday, February 29, 2016 - link

    NEETs are going to love the job simulator
  • nevcairiel - Monday, February 29, 2016 - link

    The euro price seems fine in comparison to the US. EU prices generally always include sales tax, which at 20% would come in at 880€ when added to the converted US price.

    Still mighty expensive, though.
  • JeffFlanagan - Monday, February 29, 2016 - link

    Not all that expensive. At $880, it cost less than the eMagin HMD I bought a decade ago, and is much more capable. I placed my pre-order this morning.
  • Manch - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - link

    If 899 Euro is the w/ VAT price then without VAT it would be 749.17 Euro which is $814.61 as of right now. Depending on shipping costs, I may just wait till it hits Saturn or any of the other retailers and get it using a VAT form.
  • boozed - Monday, February 29, 2016 - link

    Someone forgot to tell then that Australia and New Zealand don't use US dollars.
  • croc - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - link

    Seems that someone's eyes are not translating the digital ink so good. An extra 100 USD just for the privilege of being an Australian? I mean, I can appreciate that they wish that they were Aussies too... But how do they justify their rapage of the poor Kiwis... No one wants to be a Kiwi, do they? I mean, really?

    So, everyone buy yours through a US proxy. Regional pricing, my ass... Time for this BS to go the way of the Dodo.
  • close - Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - link

    Do you see that little asterisk there next to the US price? It even has an explanation. Let me speed up the process: the US price is "without tax pricing". All others presumably include taxes.
  • 3DoubleD - Monday, February 29, 2016 - link

    Wow, it's hard to believe how weak the Canadian dollar has become. It was parity (or close to it) such a short time ago. While $799 sounded expensive, $1149 is outrageous for something that comes with a job simulator and MS paint.

    Definitely waiting this one out.
  • Flunk - Monday, February 29, 2016 - link

    I know I'm not paying $1300 (after tax) for one that's for sure.

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