HTC sold 15,000 Vive virtual reality headsets in just 10 minutes

Patrick O'Rourke

March 1, 2016 7:10pm

Despite early skepticism from some, it seems early demand for virtual reality headsets like the HTC Vive is substantial. Whether or not sales momentum will continue, however, remains to be seen.

HTC revealed today that it sold more that 15,000 HTC Vive VR headsets in the device’s first 10 minutes of pre-order availability. As with the Oculus Rift, due to demand some shipments are being pushed back to May, and, in some cases, even July.

The HTC Vive is the second major VR headset to go on sale this year. In January, Facebook launched Oculus Rift pre-orders, which has a loose March shipping date.

Pre-orders for the $1,149 CAD HTC Vive are now open in Canada, however, shipments of the headset have slipped to May when new orders are placed. The Vive comes with three games: Tilt Brush (which was developed by Google), Job Simulator and Fantastic Contraption, as well as a set of motion controllers and two laser base stations.

Related reading: HTC Vive will cost $1,149 in Canada, pre-orders now open

  • Defendor

    15K is a rounding error on the kind of sales they need.

    • neo905

      They made $12 million dollars in 10 minutes. That’s not a rounding error by any metric.

    • Anthony Roberts


    • thereasoner

      Yes, and that’s just the beginning. If Samsungs Gear VR is any indication, the apps/games can be expensive so there’s a nice cut to be had on those as well.

    • Defendor

      They are likely selling these at break even, so they made nothing.

    • neo905

      Whatever, you have no idea. If you don’t know what you are talking about it is better to stop speculating further and make yourself look even more foolish.

  • Garrett Cooper

    Glad to see something go right for HTC. Lord knows they need it.