HTC today announced they’re launching a hardware accessory bundle for $300 that will include all necessary bits for new Vive Pro customers starting from scratch (besides the headset, that is).
The tracking bundle includes two SteamVR base stations and two Vive controllers, representing a $220 savings off the current price when purchased individually. This “Vive Pro Starter Kit” will be made available on Vive.com starting April 5th.
In an effort to make Vive Pro more backwards compatible, it works with all 2016-era 1.0 SteamVR base stations and original Vive controllers.
Some of this is no doubt related to the backlash the company received when they first announced Vive Pro’s $800 price tag. Those $800 only fetches you the headset itself, something HTC said was intended for Vive owners looking to upgrade to Vive Pro’s higher resolution, improved ergonomics, and other changes.
We have a hardware review for Vive Pro coming out later today, so make sure to check back for our deep dive into everything that makes the newer, higher resolution headset tick.