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The HTC VIVE VR has reached a new milestone, achieving a 15,000 unit sales in just 10 minutes after it went on sale. This has pretty beat wide speculations of a potentially slow and low sales.

HTC Vive complete

2016 is indeed the year we will all see a rapid take off of Virtual reality technology. Decades ago, along with the promises of flying cars and levitating skate boards, we were (if you were alive then anyway) all promised that by at least by the year 2000, VR technology would have gone mainstream. But it didn’t, all the tech & VR community could offer was a handful of VR project forever stagnated at their R&D stage. The early days of VR were full of situations of over-promising yet continously under-delivering. Luckily for everyone, a lot of VR companies have learnt from the past — HTC being among the first.

HTC Vive snapshot

According to a developer on the Vive team, When pre-orders for the HTC Vive system opened at 3pm GMT (10am ET) on 29 February, the Taiwanese firm was selling 1,500 units of the gadget pack every minute. This was despite the pre-Orders being limited to one customer per unit. Shen Ye, who works in HTC’s VR team tweeted: ‘Woah, more than 15k units in less than 10 min’ with a surprise emoji.

Quite frankly, no one expected the VR market to absorb 15,000 units of any VR gear, talk less of the HTC Vive VR, in just 10 minutes, considering earlier reactions to its price. When the retail price for the Vive VR was annouced late last month at an $800 price, the news didn’t go down well with quite a lot of VR fans and tech enthusiasts. The company seems to have been much successful in pushing the message that the price tag of the HTC Vive represented the price of the whole HTC Vive shebang. When asked how the company intended to justify the seemingly outrageous price of the gadget, HTC’s VP of VR planning and management, had this to say;

“Actually we’re really excited about our price,… Because it is the price for the complete system. It is the price for a system with input and controllers. For 360-degree tracking at full room scale. With safety and chaperone. All the things that we’ve thought about to make it the best possible experience. That’s what that
price is for. And we feel really good about it. It’s giving that user that one-time, out of box, it’s all there for you.”

“We’re going to continue pounding that message that this is the complete system, this is the complete package,” he added.

Even though O’Brien and his team did a nice job “pounding that message”, the truth remains that HTC’s ‘complete pacage’ is not all you will need to kickstart your VR experience. You will almost certainly need a powerful PC to tether the Vive with, and it doesn’t come cheap.
“We have a recommended spec, because calling it a minimum spec’s a weird thing because really I could make something run on a 580. You’re probably not going to want to have that kind of experience, you’re going to want to have something that’s more rich, more full. And so what we’re saying is 970 on the Nvidia side and a 290 AMD and a mid-range i5.”

“One of the things we do on Steam is we have a hardware survey,” he added. “If you go take a look there what you’ll see is there’s a lot of people there who can run it right today. There’s another group that all they need is a GPU and they’re good to go. And then there’s another group that will need a different system.”

“You talk to the GPU vendors they’ll tell you that while overall PC sales may have been down, high end PC sales have been up. And that’s continued to be going on. So this will just help accelerate that,” he added, talking up the appetite of people to shell out for VR-capable PCs.”

“A lot of it’s driven around the GPU card… We have future announcements coming with partners on the GPU side and on the PC side,” HTC’s O’Brien also added.

Prices for the HTC Vive in some countries are as follows;

US
USD
US $799.00
Australia
USD
US $899.00
Canada*
CAD
CAD 1149
China
CNY
CNY 6,888
Taiwan
TWD
NT$28,288
Japan
JPY
JPY 111,999
UK
GBP
£ 689.00
New Zealand
USD
US $949.00
EU
EUR
€ 899.00
Belgium
EUR
€ 899.00
Czech
EUR
€ 899.00
Denmark
EUR
€ 899.00
Finland
EUR
€ 899.00
France
EUR
€ 899.00
Germany
EUR
€ 899.00
Iceland
EUR
€ 899.00
Ireland
EUR
€ 899.00
Italy
EUR
€ 899.00
Netherlands
EUR
€ 899.00
Norway
EUR
€ 899.00
Poland
EUR
€ 899.00
Spain
EUR
€ 899.00
Sweden
EUR
€ 899.00
Switzerland
EUR
€ 899.00

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