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HTC Vive VR system starts shipping today



Last weekend, we told you that some pre-orders for the HTC Vive VR headset were getting canceled by mistake. With HTC scrambling to fix the issue and re-bill those who wanted to reserve the device, the company has started shipping the product thus meeting its early April deadline. For $799, buyers get the headset, two location sensors and a couple of wireless controllers.

HTC is counting on the Vive to break the company's reliance on smartphones, a business that was once HTC's pride and joy. As a contract manufacturer, HTC built the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1, and the first Android handset the T-Mobile G1. It also produced the Nexus One. Under its own name, it delivered big winners like the HTC Touch Pro and the HTC HD2. But in the last few years, the manufacturer has struggled to compete with Samsung, LG and Apple in the high-end of the smartphone market.

The Vive got off to a great start when $12 million in pre-orders were rung up in the first ten minutes of availability. Now that the product is shipping, HTC will focus on its next flagship phone, the HTC 10. That device will be unveiled online on April 12th.


source: @htcvive, Valve via Engadget

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5 Comments

1. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

im really curious about the experience this Vive it will gives us. but base on the early reviews/previews. this device is awesome! i think it is a good idea for HTC to put some demo units on stores.

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5720; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

In related news NVIDIA just announced their Tesla P100, it's a beast 5.3 TFLOPS double-precision 10.6 TFLOPS single-precision 21.2 TFLOPS in half-precision 16 GB of CoWoS HBM2 Stacked Memory 15.3 billion transistors in the huge 610 mm² GPU die https://devblogs.nvidia.com/parallelforall/inside-pascal/

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

next gen GPU are coming.. I guess I'll replace my old rig.. DDR4, finfet processor, and pascal are enough reason to upgrade my 4 year old rig (which still use 3rd gen i5, lol)

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

huge chance for wire tripping hazard

5. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I just got my confirmation from HTC today! I'll keep all updated

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