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.
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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