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HTC Vive gets a £70 UK price hike thanks to Brexit

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If you're in the camp of Brits hoping to escape the seemingly impending economic doom caused by Brexit by jumping into Virtual Reality well then get ready for yet more bad news.

Here's what you could be playing in the best VR games on PC at the moment.

HTC have set a £70 price rise for the Vive headset in the UK from £689 to £759 for this Monday to offset the free-falling pound against the dollar.

Since the UK's referendum to leave the EU succeeded by a narrow 3% margin on June 23, other tech companies have taken note that Sterling's plummet to a new low is making imports technically cheaper on the island nation.

Both Dell and mobile manufacturer OnePlus have enacted their own price rises since, with a similar 10% range of increases to compensate for the currency's loss in value.

So if you're planning to jump into a fantastical new world this summer, we suggest taking the plunge this weekend if you want to save a few quid.

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DustyGerkin Avatar
1 Year ago

Amazing how the price never dropped when the pound got stronger.

Seems some companies are and will continue to use this to boost prices above what true increases Brexit has caused due to the pound dropping.

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1 Year ago

Sigh. Brexit's going to end up costing us a lot before we just own up and admit the whole thing was just a vote to legitimise racism, eh?

I'm going to be picking up the decidedly cheaper OSVR when that becomes a thing, though. More customisation at a lower price, I'm not really a power user these days, anyway. More a hobbyist and a tinkerer, so the OSVR suits me down to the ground. Hopefully that won't hike up out of my ability to buy it. That'd be sad. C'est la vie in the world we live in.