How to Get an HTC Vive for $40 a Month

I started one of my previous articles “How to make a DIY Headset for Free” with this dialogue.

“Alright I want to get into VR, let’s look at the popular options”
Oculus Rift is $600
HTC Vive is $800
Computer capable of VR is $700
Nope.

Price is a Major Obstacle for Mainstream Adoption

Most people can’t afford to spend $800. Most people can’t afford to spend the same amount of money for a computer either.

Immersive Virtual Reality systems like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive need a powerful PC.

HTC and Valve are trying to reverse these graphs in favor of their system.

HTC and Valve are the VR Industry Pioneers

Ask anyone in the industry today which is the superior VR system. Debatably, most people will argue that the HTC Vive is much better in many aspects.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-Ts__siReA

VR FOR IMPACT

On top of Valve’s superior system they have also innovated plans to advance the future of VR. Their goal is to create and promote an ecosystem.

Read Valve’s introduction statement on VR for Impact:

“We believe that virtual reality has the potential to change the world unlike any technology before it. Mankind’s challenges have never been greater than today, and virtual reality’s unique ability to immerse people into an experience is unmatched. Virtual reality can connect us and create empathy by opening our eyes to someone else’s perspective. Education through immersive experiences creates awareness, and can lead the world to act on global issues the human race is facing with a sense of commonality. Let’s create a pathway to global peace and prosperity together!
With the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as our guide, we’re investing in our shared future. We are issuing a call to developers, creators and VR dreamers to build something new, something that speaks to our humanity and has the potential to change the world. At HTC Vive we are now pledging $10M in funding to help make this happen.
Are you With Us?

17 Target Goals Vive and HTC want to address with VR for Good.

Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries

Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*

Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable institutions at all levels

Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Financing Options

We’ve established why HTC and Valve are industry leaders. Let’s get to the actual financing options that could skyrocket HTC Vive systems.

The new financing options for the U.S. 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)

For China:

  • 0% Financing for 3 months for a total monthly cost of ¥2,296 (tax and shipping included)
  • 0% Financing for 6 months for a total monthly cost of ¥1,148 (tax and shipping included)
  • 0% Financing for 12 months for a total monthly cost of ¥574 (tax and shipping included)

Shipping and tax for financing vary by destination address.

Conclusion

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Originally published at www.vudream.com on February 28, 2017.