Virtual Reality’s second coming has officially arrived with the release of both the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive in recent weeks. During the mad rush of previews, hands-on demos, and hardware reviews in the pre-release cycle, many journalists have been articulating that: to truly understand VR, you need to first experience VR, rather than just read about it. But for those of us who may not have a VR enthusiast friend nearby, nor the funds necessary to purchase our own revolutionary systems, the dream of VR may have been relegated to a “few years down-the-line” proposition instead of a current indulgence. But fear not, the HTC Vive is coming to us VR starved masses, at least if you live in certain cities.
According to Ars Technica, HTC is rolling out dozens of Vive retail demo stations for patrons to try out at their leisure so that they can experience what all the fuss is about. And for those folks that immediately fall in love, many stores will also be taking $800 pre-orders for delivery beginning in June. Operating through both Microsoft Stores and Gamestop, HTC is hoping to put the demo stations in at least 40 locations by the end of the year. The Gamestop and Microsoft location list can be found below. I know I am already eyeing up the Gamestop closest to me, even if it’s more than an hour away. From all the previews and reviews I have seen so far, that’s a small price to pay to experience a possible revolution in the making
Gamestop List: http://www.gamestop.com/gs/pages/events/HTCVIVE-Demo/
Microsoft Store List: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/locations/htcvive