Pre-orders for HTC Vive opened this Monday and in less than 10 minutes, Vive makers earned a massive $12 million in revenue. More than 15,000 pre-orders were booked in the first few minutes when HTC Vive launched VR headsets on Feb. 29.
HTC’s VR product specialist, Shen Ye, wrote on Twitter that the Taiwanese company managed to hook up to 15,000 orders in a very short time, the shipping of which will start in April. The Vive VR set will cost you $799, which includes the VR headset, two base stations and two controllers. It should be noted that you need a powerful PC at home to run a brilliant VR experience, reports TechCrunch.
HTC is not alone in the VR business since Microsoft joined the Taiwanese company in opening up pre-orders for their HoloLense products. However, the Redmond-based tech giant is not yet ready for the consumer market. One can only guess that the company is experimenting with its AR products at the moment.
As of now, Microsoft is promising developers access to several apps on the Windows Store including OneDrive, People, Remote Desktop, Maps, Groove Music, Movies & TV and Microsoft Office. Apart from these, there are more UWP apps available on the Windows Store.
For so long, the world of virtual reality has been a dream of sci-fi directors and futurologists. But now, the IT market is considering making the technology an integral part of our day-to-day lives. According to analysts, the VR industry will witness a huge boom in the next few years. CSS Insight predicts that AR and VR headset sales will soar to 24 million in 2018 from 2.5 million in 2015. Only the VR market will be worth $4 billion.
The Oculus Rift, which is another popular VR headset, will cost $599. It will go sale on March 28. The headset was part of a Kickstar project, which was initiated in August 2012. At that time, the company earned $2.5 million from over 10,000 backers. The company was eventually acquired by Facebook for $2 billion in March 2014, reports Forbes.
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