HTC has created a two-year financing package to help gamers who can’t afford the initial cost of its Vive virtual reality equipment. The 24-month plan, which is in partnership with Shawbrook Bank Limited, takes a leaf out of the mobile phone company book to bring the cost of a HTC Vive down to £34.84 a month.
However, the 9.9 per cent interest fee will push the overall cost of the VR tech up to £836.16 (plus shipping). That works out as £77.16 more expensive than the £759 cost of buying it outright, although no deposit is required.
The HTC Vive still comes with the usual two pieces of content: Richie’s Plank Experience and Everest VR. There’s also one month’s free subscription to Viveport, where you can pick five monthly selections from a specially curated collection of VR titles.
HTC says says the process will be simple – buyers simply select the “Financing” option on the billing page when they check out. It also the offer will be rolled out to other European countries soon, with details available on the Vive blog.