It seems like HTC is not getting the Indian market. HTC has launched its Vive VR, virtual reality headset in India after making it official internationally in April 2016. It took one year for the Taiwanese giant to launch the product in India.
However, HTC has spoiled everyone’s happiness with the price tag of the headset as the firm has kept the price at Rs. 92,990. Well, that’s a whopping price tag.
HTC said that the Vive VR will be exclusively available via Amazon India and the company have already started taking pre-orders from April 22. I am just wondering who is going to pre-order this exorbitant VR headset.
Probably a handful of people who have couple of million lying idle in a drawer. For others it is a off limits.
Also, HTC is betting big on the Vive products. The Vive’s official website will be up by April 25 and the company is looking to set up in-store experiences all around the country. Not a bad thing, though.
Faisal Siddiqui, President-South Asia, HTC said “We are delighted to launch Vive in India. Vive has totally transformed the way we interact with the world, bringing ultimate mainstream experience to the consumer. Now consumers and developers can experience immersive virtual reality in a way that reshapes human imagination beyond boundaries.”
That said, HTC has got the pricing of the headset utterly wrong as the VR market in India is still in its initial stages. In other countries such as the US, the HTC Vive is priced at $799, which is approximately close to Rs. 52,000.
It would have been a decent price if HTC managed to keep the price below Rs. 50,000 as the Sony’s PS VR is already selling good in the country even though bearing a price tag of Rs. 41,990.
With the HTC Vive, the company is looking to change the VR experience in India. HTC has broad range of apps in the Google Play Store such as the Viveport, HTC inbuilt software customizations with Sense UI, and HTC own VR app.
Though You will need a powerful PC to run along with the HTC Vive VR, a GTX 1060 or Higher to get the best experience. I was checking HTC and Nvidia is offering a $999 bundle in the US which gives you a GTX 1070 and Vive VR. You also need a Intel Core i5
HTC has also given a tool to test your PC if it is capable of running along with the HTC VR – You can download the HTC Vive compatibility tool here.
With the Viveport application, HTC is offering various VR apps for education social, art, news, shopping, etc.
Under the launch offer, HTC is providing two incredible VR experiences in the form of Everest VR and Richie’s Plank Experience. The Everest VR takes you to experience of climbing the Mount Everest and the Richie’s Plank experience will take you through plank 80 stories high up.
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