Just yesterday HTC officially announced the date on which it will finally start taking pre-orders for the Vive, its first ever VR headset. That will be February 29. However, the company has so far remained silent on the matter of the Vive's pricing.
And while no one was expecting it to be cheap, you might be in for a surprise nevertheless. A report from HTC's native Taiwan claims the Vive could be priced as high as $1,500. That's a lot more than even the recently priced Oculus Rift, which goes for $599.
The $1,500 number allegedly comes from "foreign brokerages", Taiwanese media reports. The Vive will be more expensive than its competitors because of its "advanced spatial recognition features", as well as its wireless controllers, which will bring a whole new level of immersion to the VR field.
Alternatives for the HTC Vive include the very basic (and practically almost free) Google Cardboard, the new Samsung Gear VR (priced at around $100), the aforementioned Oculus Rift, but also the upcoming PlayStation VR (which will apparently cost $1,125). HTC is expected to sell no more than one million Vives by the end of 2016. The headset will become available in April.