Vive offering financing for PCs, laptops and graphics cards bundled with its VR headset

Virtual reality technology has a lot of potential but so far, it’s been out of reach for many users thanks to the expensive hardware. Vive is looking to ease that burden and has some zero-commission, no-interest financing options, for graphics cards and PCs alike.

Back in February Vive announced its financing program to help potential customers acquire virtual reality headsets at a more affordable monthly price. Now, the program has been expanded with three additional options, making it easier and more affordable than ever to get a hold of VR tech in North America.

The first offer is designed for those who already have a high-end PC, but lack a powerful graphics card to drive the virtual reality immersion. For these users Vive is offering its VR headset bundled with an Nvidia GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition card, all for $999. That’s about $200 off the sticker price for both devices, but with financing, users can get this bundle for just $49 per month, with a 24-month contract. Luckily, you don’t need a down payment and there’s no interest on the credit line.

The second bundle on offer includes a Vive VR headset and a MSI VR ready laptop, which the company touts as one of their “go to machines” when demoing VR on the road. This will cost users about $125 a month, shipping and tax estimated.

The laptop included in this bundle, the MSI GS73VR, has some very impressive specs and should serve users as much more than a simple gaming rig. These are its specs:

  • Display: 17.3″ Full HD Non-Reflection 1920×1080
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Home
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad Core Processor (2.6-3.5 GHz)
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB GDDR5
  • RAM: 16 GB (8 GB x2) DDR4 2400 MHz | Hard Drive: 256 GB M.2 SATA SSD + 1 TB (5400 rpm)
  • Special features: 120 Hz 5 ms Display | VR READY | Steel Series Full-Color Backlight Keyboard w/ Anti-Ghost Key + Silver Lining | Killer Gaming Network E2400 | Thunderbolt 3 | Slim and Light Design | Metal Build

Finally, Vive is also offering a financing option for a desktop bundle, including a VR headset and the so-called Cyberpower GXi970 system. This bundle, which falls closer to the medium-range when it comes to desktop gaming, comes in at “less than $99 per month”. These are the desktop’s specs:

  • System: Intel i5-7600 3.5 GHz Quad-Core | Intel B250 Chipset | 8 GB DDR4 | 2 TB HDD | 24X DVD±RW Dual-Layer Super-Multi Drive
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Home
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB Video Card | 1x DVI | 1x HDMI | 1x DisplayPort
  • Connectivity: 6x USB 3.0 | 4x USB 2.0 Ports | 1x RJ-45 Network Ethernet 10/100/1000 | Audio: 7.1 Channel | Keyboard and Mouse
  • Special Feature: RGB 7-Color Gaming Keyboard
  • Warranty: 1-Year Parts & Labor Warranty | Free Lifetime Tech Support

Buyers will also be getting one month free of Vive’s Viveport Subscription as well as a number of bundled VR titles.

All in all some of these deals may be quite attractive for potential customers, especially if they’re looking to spread out the high cost of a VR system over the long run. Here’s hoping deals like these make it to other parts of the world as well.

Source: Vive

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