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HTC Vive pre-orders go live in the U.K. today, priced at £689

by Killian Bell | February 29, 2016February 29, 2016 4:12 am PDT

HTC Vive pre-orders are set to go live in the U.K. at 3 p.m. GMT today. The virtual reality headset will be priced at £689 (approx. $955), and it’s scheduled to make its official debut in early April.

HTC announced Vive pre-orders for the U.S. — which also kick off today — from Mobile World Congress last week, but the Taiwanese company was quiet about plans to launch the device in other markets. Now a report from TechRadar confirms plans for the U.K.

At 3 p.m. local time today, Brits will be able to pre-order Vive from HTC’s online store ahead of its launch on April 5. Just like the U.S. package, which is priced at $799, Vive will ship with two games — Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives and Fantastic Contraption — free for a limited time.

The bundle also comes with two wireless controllers, two base stations, a Link Box, and a pair of earbuds.

Those in Australia will pay AU$899 (approx. $642) for the device, but there’s no word on its pre-order date there just yet.

To use Vive, you’ll need a compatible PC — and it needs to be pretty powerful. HTC recommends a GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290 graphics card, an Intel Core i5 4590 or AMD FX 8350 CPU, and 4GB of RAM or better.


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...