+ Tuesday July 23rd, 2019

HTC Vive v2

HTC’s most surprising, and perhaps successful products has been the HTC Vive VR headset. Since it appeared on the tethered PC VR headset landscape, Vive has almost ubiquitously been hailed as the best in its class, and with room-scale VR and hand tracking already available, it has eclipsed its competition.

For PC VR enthusiasts down under you have been able to buy a HTC Vive directly from HTC Online. HTC have now announced that their VR Headset will now be available in both JB HiFi and Harvey Norman retail stores from November 21st, just in time for Christmas shopping.

Unfortunately, there is no mention of pricing as yet, and if you want to buy one online you’ll be looking at $1019.00 USD delivered, which is about $1330, which would attract GST on import of $133 making the whole system around $1463 AUD.

If you’ve ever wanted to try a HTC Vive, you’ll be able to at selected stores. Harvey Norman will be stocking Vive Nationwide and will have live demonstrations at select Harvey Norman and Domayne stores. JB HiFi won’t be stocking it in all stores, but will also have live demonstrations in selected stores around the country.

List of Harvey Norman stores with demonstration area:

Albury, NSW Aspley, QLD Melbourne QV, VIC North Ryde, NSW Auburn, NSW Balgowlah, NSW Ballina, NSW Bendigo, VIC Blacktown, NSW Bondi Junction, NSW Broadway Sydney, NSW Browns Plains, QLD Bundall, QLD Cairns, QLD Campbelltown, NSW Cannington, WA Caringbah, NSW Castle Hill, NSW Chadstone, VIC City West Perth, WA Darwin, NT Everton Park, QLD Fountain Gate, VIC Fyshwick, ACT Gepps Cross, SA Gladstone, QLD Gosford, NSW Alexandria, NSW City Cross, SA Bundall, QLD (Domayne) Kotara, NSW (Domayne) purchase in Harvey Norman stores nationwide. experience HTC Vive within 63 Harvey Norman and Domayne Hobart City, TAS Hoppers Crossing, VIC Joondalup, WA Kalgoorlie, WA Knox Towerpoint, VIC Launceston, TAS Liverpool, NSW Mackay, QLD Maitland, NSW Maribyrnong, VIC Marion, SA Maroochydore, QLD Moore Park, NSW Mt Barker, SA Mt Gravatt, QLD Munno Para, SA Newcastle, NSW Nowra, NSW Nunawading, VIC Osborne Park, WA Oxley, QLD Penrith, NSW Preston, VIC Rothwell, QLD Springvale, VIC Toowoomba, QLD Townsville, QLD Wagga Wagga, NSW Watergardens, VIC Fortitude Valley, QLD Warrawong, NSW (Harvey Norman) Warrawong, NSW (Domayne)

List of JB HiFi stores (stores with an * will have demonstration area):

Adelaide City, Rundle Mall Plaza, SA * Bankstown JB Hi-Fi Home, NSW Bondi, NSW * Booragoon, WA * Bourke Street, Melbourne * Brighton JB Hi-Fi Home, VIC Brisbane Central, QLD * Broadway, NSW Cairns Central, QLD Canberra City, ACT Carindale, QLD * Carousel, WA Castle Hill JB Hi-Fi Home, NSW Castle Towers, NSW Chadstone, VIC * Chermside, QLD * Doncaster Westfield, VIC * Elizabeth St Melbourne CBD, VIC * Perth Enex Shopping Centre, WA * Erina Fair JB Hi-Fi Home, NSW Helensvale JB Hi-Fi Home, QLD * Hobart Collins St, TAS * Hornsby, NSW Indooroopilly, QLD Ipswich, QLD nox Shopping Centre, VIC Lakeside Joondalup, WA * Macarthur Square, NSW Macquarie North Ryde, NSW * Malaga, WA Marion, SA Midland Central JB Hi-Fi Home, WA Moore Park JB Hi-Fi Home, NSW Myaree JB Hi-Fi Home, WA Newcastle JB Hi-Fi Home, NSW * Osborne Park, JB Hi-Fi Home, WA * Penrith JB Hi-Fi Home, NSW Prahran, VIC Robina JB Hi-Fi Home, NSW Southland Westfield, VIC Strand Arcade Sydney, NSW * Sydney City George St, NSW * Top Ryde, NSW Townsville JB Hi-Fi Home, QLD * Warringah Mall, NSW Waurn Ponds, VIC * Chatswood Westfield, NSW * Parramatta Westfield, NSW * Sydney Westfield JB Hi-Fi Home, NSW World Square Sydney, NSW *

We’re pretty excited by VR here with a lot of the team having had the opportunity to use one of the headsets it’s exciting to see where VR is heading.

Will you be heading down to your local JB or Harvey Norman to check it out?

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Duncan Jaffrey

Duncan has been interested in technology since coding "Mary had a little Lamb" in Basic on his ZX Spectrum. A fan of all things Android, most days you'll find Duncan trawling the web for Android news or quietly editing away on Map Maker.

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You dont need to pay GST on a Vive purchased through HTC. It is included in the shipping cost.

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Harvey Norman were doing preorders for $1389 at pax over the weekend

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