HTC has announced that it is dropping the price of its Vive VR headset by a whopping $200, pushing the price down to an only slightly more reasonable $599.

The headset will also comes with a free trial to Viveport (think PS+ or Games with Gold but for VR games, giving you five free VR games of your choice to access for the month), and copies of Tilt Brush, Everest VR and Richie’s Plank Experience for keepsies.

Vive has always been ludicrously expensive, which lead to sales of it somewhat lagging over the last year. This new price will hopefully pull more people in, as the Vive is easily the best VR experience I have ever had. I only had it for two weeks for coverage at another site, but ever since I’ve whined and whimpered at the store page, waiting for the fateful day where the price drops to something I won’t have to sell my house to afford.

This price drop still doesn’t make it an affordable prospect for anyone but the richest or most on-board with the VR scene, as it still requires a beefy computer to power the games on top of the Vive hardware, and living space to make the best use of the excellent room-scale VR. But for those who have $600 to drop on what is still fledgling tech, the Vive is totally the way to go.

Joe is LPVG’s resident hardware nerd. If it’s overpriced and has gaudy RGB lighting, he’s probably drooling over it. He loves platformers, MMOs, RPGs, hack ‘n slashers and FPS, with his favourite games being Mirror’s Edge, Left 4 Dead, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Oblivion and Dead Space. Don’t ask him about his unhealthily large Monsters Inc memorabilia collection. Seriously, just don’t ask…

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