Updated: HTC Vive gets a $799 sticker price

— 10:47 AM on February 21, 2016

HTC announced today that its Vive VR headset will cost $799. That price will include the Vive hand controllers, base stations, the headset itself, and a pair of ear buds according to an earlier report fromThe Verge. The final version of the headset will apparently be a bit more polished all around than the current developer hardware, and The Verge says it'll come with a built-in microphone, too.

That $799 price tag is quite a bit lower than we were expecting. Oculus' Rift costs $599 right now, and it doesn't yet include the company's Touch hand controllers. Considering everything one gets out of the box with the Vive, we think HTC's price positions the headset as an aggressive competitor for the Rift. We're holding off on declaring a winner for this phase of the VR wars until we can review both headsets, but given our experiences with pre-release hardware, the Vive offers a fair bit of value for that extra $200.

HTC says the Vive will be bundled with two games for a limited time: Job Simulator and Fantastic Contraption. Pre-orders for the Vive will begin at 10 AM ET on February 29. HTC has previously stated that the Vive will begin shipping in April.

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