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These things are overpriced, anyway - they charge what they can get away with. If you can get them from Valve, do so - you'll save fifty bucks, which is still a rip off, but less so. And while these are functionally the same as Valve's, they don't come with mounting gear, and the power cord is insultingly short. But if you're desperate for some base stations, these are better than nothing. The problem is HTC seems to be counting on that.
After 5 days of using this one base station for VRChat because full-body tracking is the best, the base station started flashing red which indicated hardware failure. It was essentially bricked for those who don't know about the possibility of the rotor just straight up failing. Granted, it did work but not for long. If you want the same base station at a lower cost, just get it off Steam when they restock. They are good at replacing broken base stations unlike HTC with their nightmarish customer support and it comes with mounts and a better power brick. If they're out of stock, just order a 1.0 since the only difference is a wider area coverage for bigger rooms when it comes to the 2.0.
This is nothing more than an Valve Index base station in HTC packaging. And while the price is $50 more than what Steam lists theirs at, you get less in the box. The Steam version includes: a 15' power cable, Mounting Equipment, Regional Power Adapters, and a cleaning cloth. Don't Buy HTC's version unless Steams listing is Out of Stock or unavailable in your region.
If it works its fine. Ive bought 5 and 2 dont work. And one of the 5 was the wrong thing all together. I returned 2 no problem but for the third they simply "discarded the item" and didnt give me a refund. Do not buy used.