Byline Andrew Hayward
One year ago this weekHTC released the Vive VR headset to the masses ? and while we’re happy to celebrate the birthdayHTC will be throwing its own party on Wednesday.
That’s because the company is rolling out promotions that benefit new and existing buyers alikeoffering improvedcheaper access to gamesnot to mention a bigone-day price drop for anyone who hasn’t taken the plunge on a Vive. And there’s more on the horizontoo.
Stock up on snacks and confettibecause it’s about to be party time for Vive buyers. Here’s why this Wednesday is the best time yet to buy into HTC’s immersive entertainment device.
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1) It's £100 cheaper
If you’ve been thinking of buying a Vive for some time then this week looks like the ideal time to jump on the VR bandwagon.
On Wednesday the 5th ? and only Wednesday ? HTC will offer the headset for £100 off the standard list priceor ?100 off across Europe and US$100 off in the States. Given that the UK price currently sits at £760 following the Brexit vote uptickthat’s a pretty significant saving on this mighty piece of hardware.
Of courseOculus just dropped the price of the Rift by £50 and also took £90 off the price of the Touch motion controllersso a single day of savings might seem paltry. But we still think the Vive is the superior experience of the twoso it’s worth the huge spend if you’re serious about VR. And if you can save £100 in the processwhy not jump on that while you can?
2) It's getting Netflix-style subscriptions
Last yearHTC announced plans to debut a VR game and content subscription serviceand now it’s going live on Wednesday. The subscription will be available via HTC’s Viveport portaland it functions a bit differently to the traditional Netflix-style all-you-can-consume model.
For £6.99 a month (or ?7.99)you’ll be able to pick five titles from a library of more than 50 games ? and you can play and enjoy them as much as you want within the month. When the next month beginsyou can choose to keep anything you loved or swap anything you’re done with for something new in the library. And the cycle continues on and on.
Key launch titles in the service’s library are favourites such as The BluRichie’s Plank Experienceand Fantastic Contraptionplus the first month will be free for all new subscribers. Given that many VR experiences are pretty compact as it isthis sort of model seems to make a lot of sense for anyone who wants a steady flow of experiences without paying full fare for every single thing.
Viveport also sells individual gamesas welland it’ll have another perk on day one: a free download of Arcade Sagawhich is typically sold for US$20 on Steam.
3) More experiences are coming
We’ve seen a steady array of Vive experiences hit Steam in recent monthswith games like ThumperAccountingand Obduction all drawing rave reviews. And there’s surely plenty more comingincluding exclusive stuff ? like a steady stream of Ready Player One experiences releasing in the run-up to next March’s Steven Spielberg filmbased on the mega-popular gaming novel.
Better yetHTC has confirmed that its Tracker devices will come to the UK this yearalthough we don’t have an exact date yet. The little discs can be attached to physical objects or limbsbringing them into your game worldand developers are doing some amazing things with them already.
And you thought room-scale VR was already impressive enough on its own.
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