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HTC grosses $12 million in Vive pre-orders in the first 10 minutes

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HTC's Shen Ye says that $12 million worth of HTC Vive headsets were pre-ordered in the first ten minutes

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

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posted on 01 Mar 2016, 18:50 7

1. Pattyface (Posts: 1523; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


I preorder mine today!! I can't wait to get in on this r goodness!

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 21:56 1

9. Good-Is-Better (Posts: 75; Member since: 12 Nov 2015)


What will it be used for and where?

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 23:18 2

12. benno (Posts: 94; Member since: 17 Apr 2015)


Weird question. It will be used in his house for entertainment just like every single other Vive or rift.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 00:25

13. Good-Is-Better (Posts: 75; Member since: 12 Nov 2015)


What baffles me is the price. Don,t get me wrong, I find this difficult to grasp. How would you enjoy this if there are more than 3 of you with one headset? And for that price, it would mean getting 3 headset of that to seaming enjoy a single program at a go. Wow, that's not really a cheap venture.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 05:07

17. aho13 (Posts: 97; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


youtube.com/watch?v=CyjSRGJdd7o

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 19:07 6

2. barondebxl (Posts: 131; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


Good for HTC,I'm happy for them

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 19:07 4

3. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1195; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


HTC Vive > Oculus Rift
*grabs potato chips*

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 19:24

4. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


To dear....

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 19:24

5. vliang86 (Posts: 150; Member since: 05 Oct 2015)


I'm still debating whether to buy a HTC Vive/Oculus Rift or iPhone 7 plus this year!....I think I'll get both:)

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 20:23 8

6. mixedfish (Posts: 1154; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


Good choice on buying both Vice and Oculus.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 20:27

7. redbaronk12 (Posts: 85; Member since: 14 Dec 2013)


That's funny on two levels

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 20:45

8. promise7 (Posts: 870; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Does pre-prdering the Vive mean giving them your credit card info and paying up front or just signing up with your e-mail and then deciding if you want to buy it later when it releases?

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 22:22 3

10. Joosty (Posts: 115; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Giving them your monies in promise of a unit on launch.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 22:50 1

11. benno (Posts: 94; Member since: 17 Apr 2015)


Great news except for the fact I didn't order until 2 hours later. Oops. Don't think I'll be getting mine in the first batch.
At least I'll have the free gear vr I get with s7 to mess with while I wait

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 00:47 3

14. drunkenjay (Posts: 860; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


when htc sells more vrs than their phones....

might as well turn into a vr company.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 00:53

15. Af1rPA (Posts: 681; Member since: 12 Jun 2014)


Well I did not see this coming. Congrats HTC. So are we still getting a M10?

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 04:38

16. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


Let's wait and see the final design. Hope it doesn't turn out to be like the ugly G5.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 13:43

18. Marienx (Posts: 61; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


From every hands on video I watched on YouTube where the previewer has tried both (rift/Vive) devices, the previewer always ends up giving the Vive more accolades and loving it more than the rift. I wonder if the Vive is a better product overal and if the experience is far better than the one with the rift and if it is, will this put Oculus out of the map?... Thank will suck since they started this whole VR madness.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 14:05

19. anotherfan (Posts: 25; Member since: 28 Sep 2015)


Good for htc

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