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


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 is a Senior Editor who primarily covers phones and entertainment for TechRadar in Australia, 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, sneakers or Italian horror cinema.