Following the Vive’s price cut from $800 to $600 earlier this year, HTC is now offering a bundle of Vive hardware and an Nvidia GTX 1070 Founders Edition GPU to US customers for $800. The offer is available on the official Vive website while stocks last—and yes, it also includes a free copy of Fallout 4 VR.
Update (12/12/17): HTC has brought back the HTC Vive + GTX 1070 Founders Edition bundle in a ‘flash sale’ that’s perfect for someone ready to jump feet first into VR with a new headset and a VR Ready GPU. There’s no word on precisely how long the deal will be available, though the fine print indicates “limited time only, while supplies last. Only valid in US.”
Update (10/29/17): HTC has dropped $200 from the 1070 Founders Edition bundle, bringing it down from $999 to $799 for the whole package. This also includes a free pre-order of Bethesda’s upcoming Fallout 4 VR (normally $60), which amounts to a whopping $260 savings.
Most GTX 1070s still tend to retail above $400, and the Founder’s Edition, with its fancy ‘tessellated’ cooler design, can sometimes be hard to come by. Although Nvidia’s site is now flush with stock, a price this low (just $200 after accounting for the Vive’s $600 price tag) is pretty damn near unbeatable.
The previous generation GTX 970 continues to be the minimum spec for the Vive, but the GTX 1070 GPU is a much better option today, with its Pascal architecture bringing various VR optimisations, giving you greater headroom for running demanding VR titles at higher quality settings. We recommended the 1070 as a great ‘mid range’ GPU option for VR in this article.
Prepping yourself for the Wasteland? Check out our review of Fallout 4 VR, which comes included with the bundle.