HTC has a strange little bundle deal going for its pricey Vive VR headset

Virtual reality really isn’t good enough yet to justify going
broke for.

Though VR headset prices are steadily coming down, the fact is
it’s still not all that accessible for even the most
gadget-obsessed consumers to get started on high-quality VR.
This is a major problem for the VR industry, one that will be
solved eventually, but it’s unclear how much hype will wear off
before that happens.

Today, HTC, which makes the popular Vive headset,
announced a few deals
that will help new
customers spread out the cost of the $799 gadget. HTC has
detailed that they aren’t all that interested in price-matching
Facebook’s Oculus, which is now selling a bundle of its Rift
headset and Touch controllers for $598.

Facebook’s PC-powered Rift system allegedly hasn’t been selling
as well as HTC’s, but with the recent price drop and some
software quirks that allow less-powerful PCs to run VR, it’s
clear Oculus is looking to capture some less-techie users
even if that’s a pipe dream during this stage of the industry.

You need to have a pretty decent handle on PC tech specs to
make sense of these new deals from HTC, but that kind of speaks
to the audience HTC is isolating for its platform as it
continues to serve as the favorite platform for VR developers.

HTC is bundling a pretty beefy Nvidia GTX 1070 graphics card
and its Vive headset for $999.99, while also offering a host of
financing options for people in the market for a gaming PC and
a headset. The graphics card bundle is a few hundred bucks off
suggested retail price.

This is actually a great deal if you’re looking to build a new
PC or are in need of a new graphics card to run VR in the first
place; the 1070 will be able to handle most anything you throw
at it. The bundle is only offered through April 24, though the
financing options on some of the other deals (detailed

) should stay available for a bit.

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