HTC Vive VR headset - front close-up

HTC Vive sales figures revealed

HTC CEO Cher Wang has revealed the latest sales numbers for the Vive virtual reality headset, according to a publication in China. Wang said that her company has sold more than 140,000 units, since Vive was launched earlier this year.

The figure of 140,000 sales quoted by Wang ties in with earlier comments from Alvin Grayling, who is president of VR for HTC China.

In August, Grayling reportedly stated that HTC has sold 100,000 Vive headsets – sales of 40,000 units in the months since seems plausible.

The figures claimed by both Wang and Grayling are not especially boastful numbers, either. By way of comparison, analysts SuperData Research have forecast the Sony PlayStation VR will record sales of just over 2.6 million units by the end of 2016.

It is worth emphasising, however, that SuperData Research’s figure are a prediction. Also, as noted by the market research company, there is a potential 40 million PlayStation 4 consoles in existence that could be used with PlayStation VR.

Vive is competing in a different sector of the market to PlayStation VR, for two key reasons: HTC’s VR headset costs more than twice as much as Sony’s alternative, and Vive also requires powerful gaming PC hardware.