HTC Vive now £599 on official website. NOT a price cut for preparing new generation.
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HTC Vive now £599 on official website. NOT a price cut for preparing new generation.

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Found 21st Aug 2017
It's £200 off for a new HTC Hive VR headset and they've added that this is to boost the consumer market and this generation won't be gone anytime soon. I can well use the £200 off for a new graphic card
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Galvanaiz1 m ago

I already have Oculus Rift after the summer sale... Taking this into …I already have Oculus Rift after the summer sale... Taking this into account, is HTC Vive worthy?


Not really, unless you have a lot of money and nothing better to spend it on.
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I'm going to buy shortly. Hopefully this will reduce the price on the second hand market. Thanks poster :-)
omg, dont do this to me! I have been waiting for a drop for ages. I might still wait for the sub £500 price
I already have Oculus Rift after the summer sale... Taking this into account, is HTC Vive worthy?
Galvanaiz1 m ago

I already have Oculus Rift after the summer sale... Taking this into …I already have Oculus Rift after the summer sale... Taking this into account, is HTC Vive worthy?


Not really, unless you have a lot of money and nothing better to spend it on.
still £200 more than a rift.....
NOT a price cut for preparing new generation. Brillent!
I was super excited for the vr sets tried a gear vr and got crazy motion sickness. Ruined my plans for a psvr, oculus or a vive.
kos1c4 m ago

I was super excited for the vr sets tried a gear vr and got crazy motion …I was super excited for the vr sets tried a gear vr and got crazy motion sickness. Ruined my plans for a psvr, oculus or a vive.


I would say there is a big difference between the gear VR and a higher end Vr kit I had a full week of VR last week and I got nautious on a samsung gear VR but using the Oculus I was fine. Maybe wise to find a shop that lets you have a go and get an idea from that.
Wow what a drop. Go get it people
been waiting for this!
very hooked since we played this in an arcade in the States
canitrunbattlefield23 m ago

been waiting for this! very hooked since we played this in an arcade in …been waiting for this! very hooked since we played this in an arcade in the States

Same, having played it at a friends..

Curious to wait and see what Vive 2 will bring
Having seen a review of their new "Knuckle" controllers, I think I'll wait until they're part of the bundle.
hopper_papa_roac1 h, 3 m ago

I would say there is a big difference between the gear VR and a higher end …I would say there is a big difference between the gear VR and a higher end Vr kit I had a full week of VR last week and I got nautious on a samsung gear VR but using the Oculus I was fine. Maybe wise to find a shop that lets you have a go and get an idea from that.

I'd love to try one out but I also now know i don't need an expensive toy that may get used a handful of times. Having that gut feeling has helped save me some money, but has also ruined the idea of fun!
kos1c1 h, 2 m ago

I'd love to try one out but I also now know i don't need an expensive toy …I'd love to try one out but I also now know i don't need an expensive toy that may get used a handful of times. Having that gut feeling has helped save me some money, but has also ruined the idea of fun!


Anywhere near london? They have a showroom to try one out. Or alternatively, have a longer go on mine to sway you into buying
dreamager5 m ago

Anywhere near london? They have a showroom to try one out. Or …Anywhere near london? They have a showroom to try one out. Or alternatively, have a longer go on mine to sway you into buying

I've not had a proper look at their showrooms in London. But that would be an option.

It's a good offer but feel I should save my pennies.
Get a Rift.

Read the reviews of the current state of play and not the state that they released in. The Rift controllers are better and the tracking is on point now.

There's nothing to pick between them now IMO.
The_Hoff43 m ago

Get a Rift.Read the reviews of the current state of play and not the state …Get a Rift.Read the reviews of the current state of play and not the state that they released in. The Rift controllers are better and the tracking is on point now.There's nothing to pick between them now IMO.

I think the passive vs active sensors that each respective platform uses is a huge consideration.

For example the passive lighthouses of the Vive and lower USB/tethering burden might make placing it in a living room more possible. Otoh the oculus is cheaper and has the funner controllers, and is fully powered by the PC.

The end result is the same, I agree, but I do think each could be more suitable than the other depending on the situation.
Word of caution re the rift, Oculus support is terrible; obstructive and over stretched.
Warranty claims take ages, and out of warranty repair is nonexistent.

Can't speak to the Vive, but I returned my £329 rift bundle as I foresaw it becoming a paper weight when I break it/warranty runs out.

It's a cool bit of kit, but I recommend having a read of their support forums so you know what you'll be getting yourself in for if/when you encounter one of several common faults.
TehJumpingJawa1 h, 13 m ago

Word of caution re the rift, Oculus support is terrible; obstructive and …Word of caution re the rift, Oculus support is terrible; obstructive and over stretched.Warranty claims take ages, and out of warranty repair is nonexistent.Can't speak to the Vive, but I returned my £329 rift bundle as I foresaw it becoming a paper weight when I break it/warranty runs out.It's a cool bit of kit, but I recommend having a read of their support forums so you know what you'll be getting yourself in for if/when you encounter one of several common faults.

All the better reason to never buy direct from manufactures and by from places like Amazon with good return policies,
Jesus christ you mean this WAS £800?!!

I'd love a go of VR but its far to expensive for me right now, and based on price alone I'd have to be looking at Rift
The_Hoff18 h, 11 m ago

Get a Rift.Read the reviews of the current state of play and not the state …Get a Rift.Read the reviews of the current state of play and not the state that they released in. The Rift controllers are better and the tracking is on point now.There's nothing to pick between them now IMO.



Disagree. The tracking of the Rift will never be as good as the Vive due to the difference in hardware implementation: in practice this means that fast motion tracking is impossible to accurately recreate on the Rift, and given how many games predominantly feature hand-held fast-swinging weaponry I'd say this is a pretty big deal!

The Rift is also more limited in tracking large areas, even with extra sensors you can buy separately it is less effective than the out of the box Vive setup. Also, Oculus is owned by Facebook.

I agree that overall the controllers for the Rift are better, but IMO it's not entirely cut and dry: the Vive's touch pads are better in certain scenarios and vice versa. The Rift headset is also much lighter and more comfortable, but has worse FoV.

Before this price drop I'd have recommended the Rift as it was so much cheaper than the Vive, this new Vive price-cut would make me think harder if I were in the market for one.
BurtBird3 h, 29 m ago

Disagree. The tracking of the Rift will never be as good as the Vive due …Disagree. The tracking of the Rift will never be as good as the Vive due to the difference in hardware implementation: in practice this means that fast motion tracking is impossible to accurately recreate on the Rift, and given how many games predominantly feature hand-held fast-swinging weaponry I'd say this is a pretty big deal!The Rift is also more limited in tracking large areas, even with extra sensors you can buy separately it is less effective than the out of the box Vive setup. Also, Oculus is owned by Facebook.I agree that overall the controllers for the Rift are better, but IMO it's not entirely cut and dry: the Vive's touch pads are better in certain scenarios and vice versa. The Rift headset is also much lighter and more comfortable, but has worse FoV.Before this price drop I'd have recommended the Rift as it was so much cheaper than the Vive, this new Vive price-cut would make me think harder if I were in the market for one.


We'll agree to disagree then.

Having used both, I'd recommend the Rift at the prices they are.
The_Hoff23 h, 0 m ago

Get a Rift.Read the reviews of the current state of play and not the state …Get a Rift.Read the reviews of the current state of play and not the state that they released in. The Rift controllers are better and the tracking is on point now.There's nothing to pick between them now IMO.


Given the pc I have, I'd not have enough USB3 ports for the Rift to have room tracking, and it'd be quite difficult placing the sensors and getting the cables around my room. Very easily done with the Vive.

Also, if you are planning on moving your setup about, or take it places to show off etc, Rift is a lot more difficult to setup each time than the Vive, so it really depends on how you're planning to use it
dreamager1 h, 5 m ago

Given the pc I have, I'd not have enough USB3 ports for the Rift to have …Given the pc I have, I'd not have enough USB3 ports for the Rift to have room tracking, and it'd be quite difficult placing the sensors and getting the cables around my room. Very easily done with the Vive.Also, if you are planning on moving your setup about, or take it places to show off etc, Rift is a lot more difficult to setup each time than the Vive, so it really depends on how you're planning to use it


Are you honestly planning on taking your VR to your mates, along with your PC and monitor?

USB ports? Get a £10 USB PCI Express card.

Roomscale? In my 2M X 3M play area I don't have any tracking issues with 2 sensors, more likely it's the cable that pisses me off for 360 games.

I've tried both fairly extensively at work, I now own a Rift. I have a top drawer PC, but I wouldn't pay £600 for a HMD at this stage. I still use my monitor 85% of the time I spend on my PC.

Vive has terrible screen door too, the Oculus could use higher resolution but with super sampling up to 2/2.5 it looks cracking!
The_Hoff51 m ago

Are you honestly planning on taking your VR to your mates, along with your …Are you honestly planning on taking your VR to your mates, along with your PC and monitor?USB ports? Get a £10 USB PCI Express card.Roomscale? In my 2M X 3M play area I don't have any tracking issues with 2 sensors, more likely it's the cable that pisses me off for 360 games.I've tried both fairly extensively at work, I now own a Rift. I have a top drawer PC, but I wouldn't pay £600 for a HMD at this stage. I still use my monitor 85% of the time I spend on my PC.Vive has terrible screen door too, the Oculus could use higher resolution but with super sampling up to 2/2.5 it looks cracking!


You wouldn't need to take a pc to your friend who has a pc, just the vive. and quickly whip up the lighthouses on some portable stands, job done.

And from what I saw on reviews, I thought the Rift had a worse screen door than the Vive? I've only briefly tried the Rift though so I can't remember
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