HTC has announced more details about its collaboration with Valve on the HTC Vive VR system at MWC 2016, and a price tag of $799 (R12 232,41) has the internet buzzing.

At CES earlier this year, HTC began rollout of its development kit, the HTC Vive Pre which boasted a number of new features including a front facing camera, controllers with haptic feedback and better displays to improve immersion.

The Vive which will be made available to those of us that just want to play games, will have all of the features introduced in the Pre as well as two VR “experiences”.

Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives will transport users to a world where they will have to learn how to “job” in a world run by robots.

Fantastic Contraption will place users on an island in the sky which they can explore. Users can then build a machine with their own hands and watch it come to life.

Now, that’s all good and well but for over R12 000, we are struggling to justify the cost here in the office. For that reason, we’ve come up with a few products you could get yourself for the price of the HTC Vive.

  • Xbox One 1TB Elite Console Bundle for R9 899 plus two games at R899 on Takealot
  • Playstation 4 1TB – R6 700 on DionWired plus five games from Takealot  at R1085 each.
  • This budget gaming PC from Evetech for R11 699
  • Hisense 50inch UHD Smart TV from Takealot for R8 699
  • InFocus Full HD DLP projector from Takealot for R11 999
  • Oculus Rift from Oculus for $599 (R9 160,63)

Now, of course only one of these will give you a VR experience and many people have been saving up for a VR headset since the first iterations were announced.

The list above is just to put into context how much the Vive costs. Be sure to remember that your PC will need to be relatively powerful to run the Vive and the games you’ll want to play.

To be fair, new technology is often very expensive at launch and when you think of the technology that had to be crammed into these headsets, you can appreciate the pricing points they’re placed at.

The HTC Vive pre-orders open on 29th February but availability in South Africa is yet to be confirmed, so factor in shipping and import duties if you plan on bringing it to SA yourself.

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.