HTC Vive isn't cheap. You know it, we know it, and HTC knows it too.

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That's why HTC now offers the virtual reality headset via a monthly financing option - 34.84 (plus shipping) per month for 24 months.

If you want to buy a Vive off the shelf, you're looking at a 759 price tag.

Instead, spread over two years, at HTC's offer of 9.9 per cent financing, you'll pay 836.16.

A 35-a-month option mimics that of a mobile phone bill - in fact, you can easily pay more for a new smartphone on many tariffs. But, perhaps outside of PlayStation VR, virtual reality remains something of a luxury item. Most people would agree they need a phone. Have you yet been convinced you need VR?

Every HTC Vive headset comes with two experiences to try: Everest VR and Richie's Plank Experience (a demo which tests your fear of heights), along with a month's subscription to Viveport (where you can pick five monthly VR experiences to try from a curated selection).

HTC Vive's pricetag rose last year from 689 to 759 (plus postage and packing), with the latter price coming into effect as of 1st August 2016. Why? Blame Brexit.

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