A seller on eBay has a listing for the HTC Vive at the cost of $1200 US dollars, but it won’t be available until as early as April after it ships from HTC to him. This is an impressive and bold listing by user, dasatd18 based in Italy who has come up with a price tag on his own and promises to ship the new VR headset unopened as soon as it arrives from the manufacturer.
For the record: HTC has not set a price for the Vive.
HTC has not pinpointed a price for the Vive headset and pre-orders aren’t expected to go live until the end of February. The listing closes in 6 days from now and even admits there’s no telling when the product will be in the seller’s (or re-seller’s) hands to turn around and ship to the winning bidder.
While the cost of the HTC Vive is unknown, many of us have our own guesses as to how much we would be willing to pay for the Vive experience. A competitor product, Oculus Rift has been priced at $599 and some have said the Vive could be as much as $1500. Would you be willing to put down $1200 prior to an official price announcement or your chance to pre-order it directly from HTC?
Even though the HTC Vive is being touted as the best VR experience to date, I think anything above $1000 is too excessive of a dollar amount considering buyers need to have a powerful gaming computer to keep the system from lagging during use; meaning we may have to also buy better PC components. If we as consumers are going to embrace virtual reality, manufacturers can’t expect early adopters to break the bank to do so.
Basically pre-ordering a pre-order from a third party sounds a little suspicious and the seller doesn’t offer a refund or realistically a guarantee that product will reach its final destination. We recommend you follow us on Twitter as we have our antennas tuned into the necessary channels for receiving official news related to the HTC Vive launch.
Updated: A few days after this article was published the seller took down this listing. It may have been closed down due to failing to meet the requirements for an advanced order of such an item.
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