Today the Vive team announced it would begin offering the Vive Pro Starter Kit tomorrow, April 5, which is also the two-year anniversary of the Vive’s launch.
The bundle will include the Vive Pro headset, two Vive 1.0 controllers, and two 1.0 base stations for a cost of $1,100. The controllers and base stations are required to use the Vive, and don’t come included with the Pro’s regular $800 price tag.
This Starter Kit comes as a direct response to complaints about the price of buying these accessories separately. As Dan Mentioned in his Vive Pro review, the cost of buying sensors and controllers on their own comes out to a total of $530 – that’s more expensive than buying the base Vive itself, which includes those things alongside a headset.
Current Vive owners will now also get an extended 1-year subscription offer to Viveport, the Vive’s VR game service, as well as $100 of Viveport credit. A small handful of Vive Studios games are also being added to the service for free, which you can find here.
In our full Vive Pro review, Dan said “the Vive Pro’s half-step forward is a noticeable improvement in the VR experience, but the cost makes it tough to justify,” even when considering the Starter Kit pricing.
Tom Marks is IGN’s PC Editor and pie maker. You can follow him on Twitter.