If you're eager to try out the HTC Vive before plopping down a hefty sum to purchase it, HTC has announced that customers can demo the VR headset at select GameStop and Microsoft Store locations across North America. To kick things off, HTC says the first demos are available now in the following Microsoft Store locations:

  • Microsoft Flagship store in New York
  • Microsoft at Bellevue Square in Washington
  • Microsoft at City Creek Center in Utah

While that initial list is small, HTC says that demos will continue to roll out to a total of 30 stores across North America, starting with Microsoft's Meadows Mall location in Colorado later this week. As for GameStop, while HTC didn't provide a list of locations, it did say demos will be available at 10 GameStop stores by mid-April.

So what will the demo entail? According to HTC, you'll have a chance to try out a variety of SteamVR content running on an Alienware Area-51 PC. And if you decide you'd like to buy a Vive for yourself, both Microsoft and GameStop will be taking reservations for June orders, HTC says.

For more, including updates to the list of retail locations where Vive is on display, you can keep an eye on the HTC Vive website.