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HTC sold just 140,000 Vive VRs

by on28 October 2016

Slowly ramping up

HTC cannot get a break in the phone market and it looks like the Vive VR, the outfit's over-priced VR kit, sold 140,000 pieces in August and September.

HTC chairwoman Cher Wang confirmed that the number will be higher when it starts being sold with a $499 PC.

This leaves us with mixed feelings. The product has been selling since March and it is priced from $799 upward, depending on the country. You need a good PC to play with the Vive, AMD advertises that it can be done with a $499 PC but you probably want to spend a bit more to get a "better experience".

Virtual Reality and Oculus Rift and HTC Vive need shedloads of GPU power and are only now making their presence felt. Their numbers will get higher, but it is hard to get excited knowing that only 140,000 Vives were sold when there are millions of PCs capable of running it at decent levels.

PlayStation VR is the killer app, or should we say the killer solution that is expected to get the VR market to another level. Some estimate that there will be two plus million PlayStation VRs sold before Christmas.

The console is not that expensive and many people own it. Getting the PlayStation VR will set you back $399 which is less than HTC is asking. Don’t get me wrong, HTC Vive is the best VR experience available but has many disadvantages.

There is almost no content at this time, big studios have started to work on titles, but there are no real games available, HTC Vive also needs a lot of space and an expensive PC to get the best from it.

We are slowly entering the era of Virtual Reality but lances inside of VR glasses needs to get better and you need a higher resolution displays insode of the VR glasses than the ones available.

That being said, one can easily get excited by Oculus and HTC Vive VR 2017 updates.

Last modified on 28 October 2016
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