HTC grosses $12 million in Vive pre-orders in the first 10 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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19 Comments

1. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

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

9. Good-Is-Better

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 12, 2015

What will it be used for and where?

12. benno

Posts: 94; Member since: Apr 17, 2015

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

13. Good-Is-Better

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

17. aho13

Posts: 97; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

youtube.com/watch?v=CyjSRGJdd7o

2. barondebxl

Posts: 180; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Good for HTC,I'm happy for them

3. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

HTC Vive > Oculus Rift *grabs potato chips*

4. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

To dear....

5. vliang86

Posts: 337; Member since: Oct 05, 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:)

6. mixedfish

Posts: 1547; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Good choice on buying both Vice and Oculus.

7. redbaronk12

Posts: 99; Member since: Dec 14, 2013

That's funny on two levels

8. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 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?

10. Joosty

Posts: 469; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

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

11. benno

Posts: 94; Member since: Apr 17, 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

14. drunkenjay

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

when htc sells more vrs than their phones.... might as well turn into a vr company.

15. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

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

16. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

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

18. Marienx

Posts: 115; Member since: Aug 27, 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.

19. anotherfan

Posts: 62; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Good for htc

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