Pre-orders for the Vive virtual reality headset from HTC went live on the 29th of last month, following which, reports indicated that the Taiwanese company sold over 15,000 units in less than ten minutes. HTC, however refused to officially either confirm or deny those claims, saying that the company does not comment on sales numbers. The device costs $799 a pop in the US, making it by far the most expensive VR headset in the market today, with the Oculus Rift and Sony's PlayStation VR (formerly Project Morpheus) both costing significantly less at $599 and $399 respectively. The HTC Vive will ship to early birds from next month for US residents but those in the UK will have to wait at least until the 5th of April to get their hands on the device.
That little dampener notwithstanding, the company has just announced some exciting news for UK residents that will no doubt be of importance for VR enthusiasts in the country. The Taiwanese company has just announced the list of retail locations where the much talked-about VR headset will be available for purchase. The list includes Currys PC World stores at Leeds (Birstall), Tottenham Court Road and Reading. Scan Computers International Ltd. at Bolton will also stock the device, as will Overclockers UK at Newcastle-under-Lyme. While that doesn't sound like many retailers, the one thing to note here is that prospective Vive buyers will be able to get hands-on demos of the device at each of the outlets mentioned above, before putting down the cash.
Talking about the price, the HTC Vive will cost significantly more in the UK than it will in the US. According to the listing on HTC's official website, the device will have a price-tag of £689 ($996) in the country, in addition to which, buyers will have to pay a £57.60 ($83) toward shipping and handling. So all said and done, the overall cost of the gadget will come to a whopping £746.60 ($1079). For that price, buyers will get the Vive headset, two wireless controllers, two Lighthouse base stations and free copies of the following software – 'Job Simulator: The 2050 archives', 'Fantastic Contraption' and Google's 'Tilt Brush' 3D painting app.