Well, as of today, that's all changed as HTC has announced a whopping US$190 price cut to the system across the UAE bringing the total cost of it (that's the headset, controllers and basestations) to US$710 - a full $90 cheaper than you can buy the system in the US.
The Facebook subsidiary's VR headset is now on sale for $399 (£310), but will still settle on a final $499 (£387) price when the deal ends in six weeks, down $100 (£77) from the original price.
"Vive is the leader globally in high-end VR, and this new entry price will make the system available to an even broader audience".
Just as reality appears to be getting worse by the day, VR companies are doing the lord's work and making the price of escaping it a bit more accessible.
All Vive purchases come with a free trial to Viveport Subscription, where consumers can choose up to 5 titles per month to experience, and copies of numerous most popular pieces of VR content today, including Google's Tilt Brush, Everest VR, and Richie's Plank Experience. "With highly anticipated titles, and the upcoming launch of Vive Tracker, there has never been a better time to embrace Vive, and enjoy the most immersive VR experience available".
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The price cut by HTC follows Oculus recently launching big discounts on its Rift headset and Touch motion controllers.
The headset has now been permanently discounted by $200 in the U.S.to $599.
Though HTC fancies the Vive a more premium experience than the Rift, the two are really on mostly equal footing from a hardware standpoint with each having some marginal advantages over the other.
This price drop mirrored the price cut of Oculus Rift, which happened in March where both of them had the same base price and came down to the same price. "We do expect this version of Vive to stay in market well into 2018", he says.
The rival PC-based Oculus Rift HMD VR system is now attracting new VR explorers with its "Summer of Rift" promotion.