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Large scale adoption is key

The wide scale adoption of VR has quite a few challenges, in which hardware prices and content rank very high. Given the massive scale up in content creation on the platform, HTC have done the right thing to stay competitive and ensure easier mass adoption. Today the brand announced a rather impressive 700 Dirhams price reduction for the Vive headset, making the device available for AED2599.

Large scale adoption is key

The wide scale adoption of VR has quite a few challenges, in which hardware prices and content rank very high. Given the massive scale up in content creation on the platform, HTC have done the right thing to stay competitive and ensure easier mass adoption. Today the brand announced a rather impressive 700 Dirhams price reduction for the Vive headset, making the device available for AED2599.

That means even if you buy all the extra accessories on the HTC Vive, the whole package will come for the earlier price. As was the case earlier, when you buy a HTC Vive headset, you also get a free Viveport Subscription trial, where up to 5 titles per month can be experienced for free, including standards like Tilt Brush, Everest VR, and Richie's Plank Experience.

A month ago, I was at the global launch of the Jaguar E-Pace, and a key part of the launch event was a virtual tour of the Jaguar E-Pace world. The key device in the exercise of course, was the HTC Vive. This adoption is reflected in the numbers as well. According to Steam statistics, the HTC Vive maintains a 60% share of access to the Steam platform for high-end VR headsets.  Over the past year, Vive has maintained its lead by more than 20%, with more than 3,600 titles available across Steam and Viveport.  

The base HTC Vive package at AED 2599 will enable a room-scale VR set-up. It consists of 2 base stations, 2 motion controllers for immersive VR experiences and connection cables. Apart from retailers, the Vive will be available later this week through HTC’s online store which offers free shipping across the UAE. 

Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2015 and 2016. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.
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