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.
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As HTC continues to focus on the content that is available for its Vive virtual reality headset, the company has made a $5 million (€4.5 m/£3.8 m) investment in the VR developer Steel Wool Studios. It is the latest move in HTC’s significant commitment to the sector, having already joined with venture capital companies to establish a £10 billion (€9 bn/£7.6 bn) VR development fund.
As HTC intensifies its commitment to the virtual reality genre, the Taiwanese company has announced that it is launching its own VR app store. There should be a wide variety of content available, with HTC saying that categories will include sport, 360 video, news, shopping, entertainment, travel, health and information.
The HTC Vive virtual reality headset is the latest tech product to get a bumper price rise after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. The future withdrawal of the UK from the EU, a process which has been termed Brexit, has lead to a sharp drop in the value of the pound against the world’s major currencies.
The HTC Vive virtual reality headset may have only launched back in April, but rumours have already emerged that the Taiwanese company is preparing to release a revised edition. Current speculation indicates there will not be long to wait, with a new Vive potentially being launched by Christmas.
HTC CEO Cher Wang has issued an apology to the shareholders, following the company’s poor financial performance over the past year. Wang acknowledged that the HTC One M9 flagship smartphone, released in 2015, did not sell as well as was expected, leading to difficulties for the company.
It is now much easier to play Oculus Rift games on the HTC Vive, following a change in policy regarding digital rights management. The latest move in a fast-changing situation has seen Oculus perform an about-turn, so now no hardware check is performed to see whether games are being played on the company’s hardware.
Although HTC’s financial results have not been strong recently, there have been encouraging signs as far as the company’s future is concerned, with strong demand for Vive. The number of people eager to gets their hands on the virtual reality headset has resulted in a waiting list, despite Vive’s relatively high price of €899/£689/$799.
HTC’s financial performance may have been lacklustre recently, but small signs have emerged that there may be better times ahead for the Taiwanese company. It is no secret that HTC Vive will have a significant impact on the future of HTC, and the virtual reality headset has now acquired some notable kudos from the European Hardware Awards.
An updated app has landed on Google Play which makes it possible to try out virtual reality games on an Android smartphone, with no need to invest in a costly dedicated headset. VRidge has been created by the Polish developer RiftCar, and now supports both HTC Vive and Oculus Rift titles.