Along with the Vive Pro news, HTC also announced that the original Vive is getting a $100 price cut, bringing it to $499 worldwide. Those who pre-order before June 3rd will receive a 6-month subscription service for Viveport for free.
Brown said, "Today, we're making VR even more accessible by lowering the price of the current Vive".
The Vive Pro will also be able to be compatible with multiple base stations that allows you to expand the play boundary. "There has never been a better time for VR fans to unleash their imagination with the most complete VR platform available".
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This price drop for the base HTC Vive isn't the first that the headset has experienced with the price being reduced to $599 a year ago, but this is the lowest price that the headset has been sold without factoring in any discounts or promotions.
The HTC Vive Pro will start shipping on April 5.
The Vive Pro headset is quite an improvement from the last generation Vive headset which offers 2880 x 1600 display along with 37% PPI increase and 78% pixel increase. There's also a modified design, which includes built-in speakers and provides opportunity to rid yourself of wires through the optional Vive Wireless Adapter. The idea behind the HTC Vive Pro is that the headset will be swapped out with the original one. And unlike the Vive Pro, the $499 Vive comes with two base stations and two touch controllers. This means you'll get high-quality integrated headphones, a more comfortable face plate, and a "rachet" mechanism for mounting the headset, giving you more control over how tight it is on your head. The only option you have right now is to get both a Vive system and the Vive Pro headset, which would cost you a hefty sum. Although it will more than likely not come near the performance and capabilities of its tethered alternatives, it should more than likely make a splash that will pressure the defaulted elimination of all cables in the future (and a more affordable VR market).