HTC's new virtual reality headset will cost €899 when it goes on sale in Ireland, the company announced today.

Pre-orders open at 3 o'clock this afternoon and the first units will be shipped on April 5th.

The firm has also added a third virtual reality title to the bundle that will come with the headset.

The technology is a partnership with gaming software company Valve.

As well as TiltBrush, Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives and Fantastic Contraption, the bundle will include Vive Phone Services, which allows the user to receive and respond to calls and messages.

The package will also come with two wireless VR controllers, room scale movement sensors, and a head mounted display featuring a built in camera.

Vive faces stiff competition from Oculus, whose Rift headset goes on sale from March 28th, at a cost of $599 excluding taxes and shipping.

Oculus is also working with Samsung to produce the Gear VR, a wireless headset which is powered by the insertion of the users Samsung smartphone into it.

Other big competitors likely to launch virtual and augmented reality products this year include Sony's Playstation VR and Microsoft's HoloLens.