HTC’s $999 VR headset Vive Pro Eye has been focused particularly at enterprises because it debuted final 12 months, augmenting the older Vive Pro mannequin with built-in Tobii eye monitoring at a premium. Following an identical January worth drop on the Vive Pro, HTC at this time reduce the Vive Pro Eye’s MSRP to $799, successfully enabling prospects to buy the deluxe mannequin on the former worth of its predecessor.
The worth drop comes at a important however considerably complicated time for the Vive household. Late final 12 months, HTC launched Vive Cosmos, which has grown right into a household of $699 and up headsets differentiated by feature-specific faceplates, whereas the usual Vive Pro was just lately dropped to $599 — low sufficient to assist it utterly promote out on HTC’s web site. After the value drop and sell-out, prospects searching for a Pro choice had no choice however to spend $400 extra for Vive Pro Eye, a premium enterprises may discover unjustifiable, and common customers nonetheless wouldn’t contemplate paying.
Now HTC is again to a $200 distinction between Vive Pro and Vive Pro Eye fashions, which could be capable to lure some customers to the $799 mannequin with eye monitoring, in addition to successful extra curiosity from enterprise prospects. The firm can also be providing a $1,399 “full kit” with controllers and base stations, a $1,599 “Office” bundle together with a $200 enterprise service settlement, and a brand new $2,350 “Office Arena” bundle with two extra SteamVR 2.zero base stations and a 20-meter fiber headset cable to allow cabled room-scale use. HTC nonetheless sells a 60GHz wi-fi adapter individually for $300.
While the Eye headset and full package bundle can be found now, the Office and Office Arena bundles can be accessible within the second quarter of 2020. That’s additionally when HTC expects to announce extra particulars for its low-end Cosmos Play headset, and extra deluxe Cosmos XR mannequin, neither of which has been priced at this stage. It stays to be seen what number of headsets the corporate will proceed to promote this 12 months, because the Vive lineup has saved rising nicely past the dimensions of every other VR headset maker, and seems set so as to add one or two augmented actuality glasses for smartphones and PCs sooner or later.