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HTC Vive's international shipping costs are eye-wateringly high

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The HTC Vive pre-order page is now live, revealing that Australian buyers will be coughing up a lot more for shipping than their US counterparts.

While it costs US$30 to ship the Vive within the United States (bringing the package price up to a total of US$829), Aussie orders will have a US$110 (AU$154) shipping price slapped on, which, when added to the US$899 (AU$1262) price tag we already have to contend with, brings the final price to AU$1416.

Yesterday, HTC announced the Vive prices for Australia, and while it's understandably priced very high, the extra postage might make some people think twice about pre-orders.

The Vive costs US$200 more than the Oculus Rift, which is somewhat justified by the difference in hardware, but there's no doubt that Australia's getting a bit of a rough deal on shipping.

With postage added on, Australians are looking at close to a grand and a half. It's a steep price to get in on the premium VR game early, but there's no doubt that it will still be worth it for many.

You can pre-order the Vive here.

Stephen Lambrechts
Stephen Lambrechts

Stephen primarily covers phones and entertainment for TechRadar's Australian team, and has written professionally across the categories of tech, film, television and gaming for over a decade. He's obsessed with smartphones, televisions, and consuming all forms of media at the highest quality possible. He's also likely to talk a person’s ear off at the mere mention of Android, cats, retro sneaker releases or boutique Blu-ray labels.