HTC Vive reportedly sold 15,000 VR units in first 10 minutes
HTC Vive pre-orders went live yesterday and according to HTC’s Shen Ye, sold 15,000 units in less than ten minutes. HTC’s virtual reality head-mounted display (HMD) costs $799 and requires a high-end computer to run the VR software, but that didn’t stop the proverbial shedload of people from pre-ordering one. I’ve tried the HTC Vive a couple of times and I can assure anyone that was on the fence that it is absolutely worth every penny.
Woah, more than 15k units in less than 10min :o
— Shen Ye (@shen) February 29, 2016
I was talking With Shen Ye last week in Barcelona for MWC 2016 and he told me that he priced the components on the recommended specs for a VR PC and the price came out surprisingly low: around $650-700. Combine that build cost with the Vive’s price tag and you can get the best virtual reality experience around right now for less than $1500. To give it some perspective, this is what many of us previously thought just the Vive headset would be going for on its own.See also: HTC Vive Pre reactions
The HTC Vive comes with the HMD, two wireless controllers, two “base station” motion sensors, a link box for connecting the headset to your PC and Vive earbuds. For a limited time the Vive bundle also includes three games: Job Simulator, Google’s Tilt Brush and Fantastic Contraption. We’ve reached out to HTC for more clarification on the 24-hour pre-order figures and will update this article with any further details.
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