The virtual reality headset offered by HTC is available through its online stores around the world. Japan consumers will be able to buy in retail shops soon.
HTC has partnered with Microsoft and GameStop to bring the Vive virtual reality headset into stores across the United States. VR is something people need to try out to get sold on it.
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Today HTC announced to offer the Vive in retail shops in Japan. The Taiwanese company will reveal the details in a press-conference on July 7 at 2pm.
HTC will work with its local partner Bandai Namco in Tokyo to set up retail experiences for the HTC Vive. HTC aims plans to have 100 physical outlets in Japan by the end of 2016, according to company chairperson and CEO Cher Wang.
Japan is an early adopter country for consumer electronics. The retail push will accelerate HTC's Vive shipments. Bandai Namco is already operating VR experiences in Japan using the HTC Vive. See how the scare users to death with an VR experience taking them up outside of skyscraper on a board trying to save a kitten.
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The HTC Vive retails for $799.99 including two VR controllers. HTC's Vive is ready to ship. The content for the Vive comes from Steam. Oculus removed the DRM block again on the Oculus titles and HTC Vive owners can run the Oculus contain again without DRM hack.