HTC launches new $1,580 Vive Business Edition in Canada

HTC has announced a new $1,580 business-focused version of its high-end HTC Vive virtual reality headset, focused on targeting companies in “commercial environments” interested in utilizing burgeoning virtual reality experiences.

Along with the full Vive virtual reality system, the business edition of the headset comes equipped with commercial licensing, a dedicated customer support line and a 12-month limited warranty. HTC says businesses will be able to purchase multiple Vive Business Edition (Vive BE) systems, with the option to order multiple devices.

“With Vive BE, we are answering the overwhelming demand from global industries for a complete VR experience, to provide innovative solutions for their business needs. Expediting the growth of partner organizations through application of Vive technology is an incredibly important part of our ongoing VR strategy, and will ensure Vive continues to be at the forefront of the enterprise sector,” said Daniel O’Brien, vice-president of VR at HTC, in a statement sent to MobileSyrup.

The complete Vive BE system includes the headset, two controllers, two base stations, a 3-in-1 cable and 4 Vive face cushions. The HTC Vive BE can be ordered directly from HTC’s official website.

While we’ve seen few concrete examples so far, virtual reality has tremendous potential alter the way a variety of industry’s typically operate, including real-estate, retail and car sales.

The regular consumer edition of the HTC Vive is priced at $1,149 and currently ships within two days of placing an order, giving the headset, which features room-scale tracking capabilities out of the box, a significant advantage over the Oculus Rift. Most Oculus orders have been pushed back months, with shipments in some cases not set to arrive until August.

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