HTC Vive VR headset will cost £689 in the UK

The HTC Vive VR headset, set to launch on 5th April, will cost £689 in the UK, according to an official announcement by HTC.

The UK price is not as high as most had expected after details of the US price was unveiled earlier this month. The headset will cost consumers in the US $799, translating into about £576, however, it’s important to bear in mind that the US retail price doesn’t include sales tax.

The Vive costs slightly more than the Oculus Rift, which has a price tag of £500. But, unlike the Rift, the Vive comes bundled with proper VR controllers.

The HTC Vive VR headset.

HTC said that the headset will come with two ‘Lighthouse’ sensors, two wireless controllers, a pair of ear buds, a link box, and free copies of Job Simulator and Fantastic Contraption.

HTC also announced that the pre-order bundle will come with Google’s Tilt Brush, a painting application which lets users paint in 3D space with VR.

The HTC Vive will be opened up to pre-orders on Monday, February 29 at 3pm GMT.

Full list of Vive VR international pricing by launch country:

US – $799.00 USD
Australia – $899.00 USD
Canada – $1149 CAD
China – 6,888 CNY
Taiwan – $28,288 TWD
Japan – 111,999 JPY
UK – £689.00 GBP
New Zealand – $949.00 USD
Belgium – €899.00 EUR
Czech – €899.00 EUR
Denmark – €899.00 EUR
Finland – €899.00 EUR
France – €899.00 EUR
Germany – €899.00 EUR
Iceland – €899.00 EUR
Ireland – €899.00 EUR
Italy – €899.00 EUR
Netherlands – €899.00 EUR
Norway – €899.00 EUR
Poland – €899.00 EUR
Spain – €899.00 EUR
Sweden – €899.00 EUR
Switzerland – €899.00 EUR