HTC Vive Pro VR Headset £799 @ John Lewis with 2 year gaurantee
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HTC Vive Pro VR Headset £799 @ John Lewis with 2 year gaurantee

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Found 9th Apr
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Now let's see how cold this gets!
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This version of the VIVE Pro ONLY includes the head mounted display/headphones/mic unit.

Controllers and base stations are sold separately.

Controllers and base stations are required to complete your VR experience with the HTC Vive Pro VR Headset.
If you want the very best VR headset currently available (and money is no object) then this is great. It's good to see HTC and Oculus are supporting VR with new models even though current tech doesn't allow for significant performance upgrades over the old Rift/Vive.
Personally it will be a good few years before i see any reason to upgrade from the Rift.

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Why are people voting cold?
somerandomguy12340 m ago

Why are people voting cold?


1. "£799"

2. "Controllers and base stations are required to complete your VR experience with the HTC Vive Pro VR Headset."

3. "Personally it will be a good few years before i see any reason to upgrade from the Rift."

and

4. "Now let's see how cold this gets!"
I would not pay 400 for this even if it included the sensors and everything, as it is dead on arrival, pimax 8k is the only real vr experience worth trying, this is nothing but a gimmick to get peoples money.
mtc11 h, 13 m ago

If you want the very best VR headset currently available (and money is no …If you want the very best VR headset currently available (and money is no object) then this is great. It's good to see HTC and Oculus are supporting VR with new models even though current tech doesn't allow for significant performance upgrades over the old Rift/Vive.Personally it will be a good few years before i see any reason to upgrade from the Rift.Voted Hot


I think it's a pretty big upgrade from the Rift. It's just quite spendy.

Where did you pic up your controllers etc from OP?
Cuddl3s8 m ago

I would not pay 400 for this even if it included the sensors and …I would not pay 400 for this even if it included the sensors and everything, as it is dead on arrival, pimax 8k is the only real vr experience worth trying, this is nothing but a gimmick to get peoples money.


& what graphics card will you be using to drive two 4k displays in vr?
Ordered this yesterday but only after John Lewis managed to sort out their website as it was down for quite a while.

Its a bit bizarre that they’d only make it in blue, though.
Edited by: "AbbaTheHorse" 9th Apr
Voted hot because this isn't a site for saying whether it's worth the money, and this could be helpful for people that want to get hold of one. That being said, £800 is incredibly overpriced for this, and it's probably worth just sticking with the original Vive or the Rift until the price drops on this.
I want this but need to wait a bit..
Luckyfrog49 m ago

& what graphics card will you be using to drive two 4k displays in vr?


Last time pimax released a 4K headset it was only capable of receiving a 1080p signal so you could use most mid to high range graphics cards. Looks like this time around they're using dual 2560x1440 feeds which'll be a lot harder to generate. My GTX 970 won't do it well for instance. Shame really, I'd have loved to use a high-resolution headset to replace my office monitors.
Cuddl3s1 h, 18 m ago

I would not pay 400 for this even if it included the sensors and …I would not pay 400 for this even if it included the sensors and everything, as it is dead on arrival, pimax 8k is the only real vr experience worth trying, this is nothing but a gimmick to get peoples money.


The reason Oculus & HTC aren't using high density displays is because it would take too much processing power. 8K+ displays will only be useful when someone has mastered eye tracking so the graphics card only has to display detail in the area your eyes are actually looking at.
mtc12 h, 4 m ago

The reason Oculus & HTC aren't using high density displays is because it …The reason Oculus & HTC aren't using high density displays is because it would take too much processing power. 8K+ displays will only be useful when someone has mastered eye tracking so the graphics card only has to display detail in the area your eyes are actually looking at.


I agree to power a 8k display youd need a 1080ti or probably sli but at the moment these are micky mouse hmd's had an oculus sold it after 10 hours of usage and the guy i sold it too was trying to convince him not to buy it as it was that bad i felt like ripping him off by selling it to him, to me they are the most overhiped thing in the gaming industry since halo
Nothing comes close to the Touch controllers for the Rift. I say, try out a demo and compare. I did and although the rift can be a little difficult to set up, once you get a good 4x4m play area, it's by far the best experience (imo) £800 is also an insane price for just the headset.
somerandomguy1235 h, 30 m ago

Why are people voting cold?



When you compare this headset with the Samsung Oddyssey (Same res and OLED display) which is currently available at $399 on Amazon.com (and doesn't need all the extras that the HTC does) then I think you probably have your answer.
somerandomguy1236 h, 0 m ago

Why are people voting cold?


Because the manufacturer's still don't get that the majority of people who want to entertain that whole VR thing can't warrant £700+ on a headset which to get the best out of it requires another £700+ GTX1080TI GPU to properly run it at a level that allows you to experience the full benefits and cost of the damn thing. No point in getting a top of the range VR headset then running it on a RX480 or GTX1060 or something like that.

Oculus got it right when they dropped the price of the Rift down to a more reasonable £399 with controllers and even lower price point with the new Rift GO which I think will be £200 which will suffice allot of users even if it ain't as technologically on par with the proper rift.

I personally know 7 people who've got a RIFT and only one whos got a VIVE and I can confirm that they were all on them for around the first 3-5 weeks of owning them and all these months later none of them really use them because either the games are too short, theirs not enough triple A titles or they cant be assed with all the cables and setup Vs just jumping on your usual games, but ask any of them if they want to sell them as they never use them and they will all say NO as per usual..
"Where did you pic up your controllers etc from OP?"

From my old Vive.

"Now let's see how cold this gets!"

I said this because I expected it, not because I think this is cold myself.

I'm probably alone with this view, but I think high-end VR kit like this is the bargain of the century.

We are incredibly fortunate (1 in billions or trillions) to be living in a time where technology like this is available. For Google Earth VR alone, not to mention space travel and all the other possibilities.

The way I justify the spend is by simply comparing to a holiday. I'd rather have an optimal VR setup at home versus a family trip to Orlando for a couple of weeks. Personally I see more value in this, the most sophisticated VR in the market today, but each to their own.

"it is dead on arrival, pimax 8k is the only real vr experience worth trying, this is nothing but a gimmick"

I see Vive Pro as better overall. Yes, Pimax has more pixels and field of view, but I'm with Vive because:

+ Well known and recognised brand (HTC) and retailer (John Lewis) behind it.
+ Well respected partners support (Valve/Steam, Apple, Intel...)
+ Full retail product and not a prototype or even first gen product anymore
+ Apps/games optimised for it
+ Superior in other ways: comfort, size, weight, audio, cameras, phone integration, chaperone etc
+ Premium accessories including sophisticated Intel-based wireless option round the corner
+ Lots more points but this is enough

Mine is due to arrive tomorrow, can post review if people are interested.

Disclaimer: I got 5% discount and as a developer can claim VAT back so I'm paying closer to £666, plus after selling old Vive headset and Audio accessory should be paying even less... Still I think it's worth far more than £799 but let's find out tomorrow.
this is really only relevant for people with a vive already. It's so expensive that I can only see it being desirable to people with so much disposable income that spending £1000 on something that will have little value in a year is no big deal. I would love this and the pimax but my rift already lets me experience all VR titles about as good as my 1060 can handle. My VR headset upgrade will have to have a significant resolution upgrade and be wireless (and hopefully no sensors as well) this will not be affordable for a few years yet but when it is hopefully a 1160 or 1260 will be able to handle 8k+ VR resolutions without a problem.
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