HTC VIVE announced that the Vive Tracker will be available on March 27 for developer purchase through Vive.com. The Vive Deluxe Audio Strap will go on sale for pre-order on May 2, with expected delivery in June.
Both products will be available for a suggested retail price of $99.99.
"We see an incredibly strong future for VR, and have created an entire ecosystem around Vive. The Vive ecosystem is evolving, adaptable and will continue to grow to drive the industry forward," said Daniel O'Brien, GM VR, US, HTC Vive. "The Vive Tracker is a key piece of that strategy and when paired with Vive technology and programs such as Viveport and Vive X, represents a significant opportunity for us and our partners to make the Vive ecosystem synonymous with the growth of VR."
Vive has already received over 2,300 applications for the first 1,000 Vive Trackers. Applications crossed a wide spectrum of non-gaming applications of VR areas such as Education, Enterprise, Training, Health and Wellness and more. In fact, nearly 60% of applications were non-gaming or non-entertainment content.
"Building an object that can be tracked alongside the Vive can be complex," said Joe Ludwig of Valve. "But the Vive tracker makes tracking objects in VR so simple that anyone can do it. We're thrilled that HTC has developed this product and we're looking forward to seeing what people build."
The Vive Tracker will be available for purchase in two phases. The Vive Tracker will first be on sale for those looking to create Vive content by March 27. General consumer availability of the Vive Tracker is expected later in the year, as the accessories and content ecosystem for Vive Tracker is built and new accessories are ready to purchase for consumers.
The Vive Deluxe Audio Strap combines integrated audio with new comfort features. The Deluxe Audio Strap features a new sizing dial that enables quick adjustments for single or multiple Vive users.
Going forward, all new Vive BE sales will include the Deluxe Audio Strap with every purchase.
HTC VIVE also announced new financing options for Vive available in North America through Vive.com and China through JD.com. These new offers reduce the upfront costs when purchasing a Vive. Similar programs run at selected retailers in Europe.
The new financing options for North America and China are available today at various monthly price points depending on the financing term.
For North America:
- 0% Financing for 6 months for a total monthly cost of $138.00 (plus tax and shipping)
- 0% Financing for 12 months for a total monthly cost of $66.58 (plus tax and shipping)
- 7.99% Financing for 24 months for a total monthly cost of $40.13 (plus tax and shipping)
- 0% Financing for 3 months for a total monthly cost of CNY2,296 (tax and shipping included)
- 0% Financing for 6 months for a total monthly cost of CNY1,148 (tax and shipping included)
- 0% Financing for 12 months for a total monthly cost of CNY574 (tax and shipping included)