The HTC Vive Consumer Edition has been available for buying since April in as many as 24 different countries, but India. The company finally launched its Vive VR headset in India on Friday at an expected high price of Rs 92,990. The VR headset will be sold exclusively via Amazon India with pre-orders beginning from April 22. HTC will bundle two VR experiences, Everest VR and Richie’s Plank, for free with the Vive, it also announced.
“We are working on a plan to get the Vive (Consumer Edition), hopefully soon in the next few months. There has been an issue of supply. It’s very much in demand in some of the countries that we have launched it: in China, US and in Europe. That’s why we had to delay the India launch. We were looking to launch it this year – in 2016 — but we’ll probably have to wait a few more months,” Faisal Siddiqui, president, HTC South Asia had said while speaking exclusively with India Today Tech in November last year.
The Vive is a very ‘unique’ product and therefore it is expensive, Faisal had reiterated. “I don’t think that there’s any benchmark to actually benchmark this product.”
The HTC Vive Consumer Edition retails at $799 (which roughly translates to Rs 54,675) in the US, a good $200 more than rival Oculus Rift. The Oculus Rift is also not available in India, for now. But, a close to Rs 1 lakh price tag might hurt its prospects in an emerging market like India. Moreover, buyers will have to invest separately in a high-end PC to make the Vive work. According to HTC, the minimum PC spec for running the Vive is either an Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 or an AMD Radeon R9 290 graphics card (coupled with 4GB of RAM or more).
Developed in collaboration with Valve, the Vive ships with a one head-mounted VR headset, a pair of Vive base stations along with a couple of wireless controllers, a Vive Link Box (to collect data and send it to the PC) and Vive ear buds. The Vive VR headset connects to a PC through a cable at the back, and also offers a headphone jack for audio out.
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