HTC's Shen Ye says that $12 million worth of HTC Vive headsets were pre-ordered in the first ten minutes
Maybe HTC co-founder and CEO Cher Wang was right after all when she said that VR is more important than smartphones are to the company. Yesterday, the HTC Vive became available for pre-orders and 15,000 units were reserved in the first ten minutes. At the price of $799.99, that means that the manufacturer grossed nearly $12 million in the blink of an eye.
A tweet from HTC's Shen Ye confirmed the sales total. CEO Wang also hit her Twitter account to mention the "overwhelming response" of pre-orders. For HTC this is a welcome change as the financially troubled company's new phone launches have recently been met with tepid demand.
The HTC Vive comes out of the box with two controllers and requires certain PC CPUs such as the Intel i5-4590 or better, and the AMD FX 8350 or better. Required GPUs for PCs are the NVIDIA Geforce GTX 970 or better, and the AMD R9 290 or better. 4GB of RAM is also required.
The HTC Vive will ship starting on April 4th.
source: @shen via Phandroid