HTC adds new feature and throws in two games with the Vive

HTC adds new feature and throws in two games with the Vive for $799

HTC has kept the price of the Vive from us long enough! While at Mobile World Congress the team let the cat out of the bag and officially announced the Vive’s price and all the features those dollars will get you. The price of HTC and Valve’s state-of-the-art virtual reality system is going to be $799 US dollars with the price possibly varying per country and with tax/shipping costs.

We anticipated the cost to be a bit above the cost of the Oculus Rift, but less than $1000 and the confirmed price is right in the middle. The included hardware will be the HMD, two wireless controllers, two lighthouses for tracking.

HTC has outdone themselves by adding so much technology into a beautiful package. Speaking of the package, for a limited time HTC is going to include two fully-fledged VR experiences to get you started. Those titles are:

  • Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives,by Owlchemy Labs: In a firmly tongue-in-cheek world where robots have replaced all human jobs, step into the ‘Job Simulator’ to learn what it was like ‘to job’.
  • Fantastic Contraption, by Northway Games in collaboration with Radial Games: Imagine walking around a grassy island floating in the sky, building a machine the size of a horse with your own hands, and then watching it roll out into the world.

Here’s a teaser video of Fantastic Contraption using early Vive tech:

Along with the Vive’s polished Head Mounted Display (HMD) with a front facing camera that blends reality with the virtual, brighter displays for deeper immersion, and wireless haptic feedback controllers HTC has added Vive Phone Services.

HTC bridges another gap by extending your phone into the virtual environment. The Vive allows you to receive and respond to both incoming and missed calls, get text messages and send quick replies and check upcoming calendar invites directly through the headset, it creates a hybrid reality opening up a whole new world of possibilities for both consumers and businesses.

The Vive we saw at CES will be the same design shipping at launch. The only changes until then, if any, will be software tweaks and all future updates will be passed along through the SteamVR platform which is HTC’s main method for delivering content to Vive with.

HTC specifically says pre-orders for the Vive will go live at 10AM ET on February 29th and will begin to ship on the 1st of April.

Now that you know the price of the Vive we want to know if you will be first in line to buy the Vive online.

A multiplayer-only version Call of Duty: Black Ops III is available on Steam for a limited period

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If you’ve ever wanted to experience the immensely popular multiplayer element of the recent Call of Duty games but have no interest in the single-player section, Activision has a deal that you may find interesting. Up until February 29, a special Starter Kit will be available on Steam for $14.99 that does away with the campaign and gives limited access to Call of Duty: Black Ops III’s multiplayer portion.

With the Multiplayer Starter Pack, you’ll get access to public ranked multiplayer matches, the weapon paint shop, gunsmith, the emblem editor, arena and freerun modes, theater and the black market.

In addition to the absence of the campaign, the pack also removes the Zombie mode, the ability to play in custom matches, access to Dead Ops arcade II and Nightmares mode, and the ability to Fresh Start your profile. Moreover, levels will be capped at 55, and there’s no option to Prestige.

The pack will also restrict access to mod tools or modded content and the unranked server browser when they roll out.

If you do buy the pack and decide you enjoy it enough to warrant purchasing the full game, the $14.99 will be deducted from its $60 price (or $85, if you opt for the Digital Delux Edition).

This isn’t the first instance of a multiplayer-only Black Ops III; due to the technical limitations of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, the game was released on the last-gen consoles without the single-player campaign.