Without a doubt, the virtual reality and augmented reality spaces have huge growth potential as consumers start to see products in action. The HTC Vive along with the Oculus Rift are the current major brand names in the VR space and there will be more to come. As with many new technologies, VR isn’t exactly cheap. The HTC Vive is finally on Amazon but it’s still going to run you $800 plus any applicable taxes you might be responsible for.
The price of the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift is around the price of a high-end smartphone, but you’ll also need a computer capable of running VR. If you plan on dropping money on either one of these pieces of tech, you’ll want to be sure you have the right system requirements before doing so. For the HTC Vive the recommended system requirements are as follows:
- GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 480, equivalent or better
- CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 or AMD FX 8350, equivalent or better
- RAM: 4 GB or more
- Output: HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2 or newer
- USB: 1x USB 2.0 or better port
- OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1 or later
But don’t fret too much if you’d like to get into the VR game and can’t right now. Prices on hardware will most certainly go down over the next year or two as the technology matures and manufacturing costs become friendlier. Early adoption of any tech is usually going to cost but look at it this way. Those early adopters are spending way more money than you will in a few years and they’re working the bugs out so you can have a better experience. Just trying to stay positive! 🙂
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Last Updated on January 23, 2017.