Over 140,000 Vive headsets sold: HTC

10/13/2016 12:15 PM
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HTC Vive virtual reality (CNA file photo)
HTC Vive virtual reality (CNA file photo)

Taipei, Oct. 13 (CNA) Over 140,000 HTC Vive virtual reality (VR) headsets have been sold worldwide since the product made its debut in March, HTC Chairwoman Cher Wang (王雪紅) revealed recently.

The first VR headsets launched by HTC have been quick to gain popularity since their launch, and the international VR news platform, "Road to VR," has estimated that HTC had sold 100,000 Vive headsets as of July.

In August, however, Wang Tsung-ching (汪叢青), head of HTC Vive China, told China's 87870.com in an exclusive interview that the sales figure had exceeded 100,000.

Last month, international business wires reported that HTC had sold around 140,000 Vive headsets worldwide, with about 40,000 units shipped in the last two months.

Asked about the authenticity of that figure this week, Wang told 87870.com that the number "definitely far exceeds 140,000."

The Vive is one of HTC's gambits to diversify from its core smartphone market, in the hope of generating a new revenue stream to turn around its money-losing business.

Jointly developed by HTC and U.S. video game supplier Valve, the HTC Vive was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress show in March 2015 and officially went on sale in 24 countries worldwide in March this year.

The headset is equipped with tracked controllers that allow wearers to inspect objects from every angle and interact with their surroundings.

Partly due to the Vive's strong performance, HTC's consolidated sales for September reached NT$9.33 billion (US$297 million), up 41.8 percent from the previous month and also up 31.35 percent from the year-earlier level.

The figure was the highest this year and the highest since May 2015, when the smartphone brand's sales totaled NT$10.79 billion.

(By Esme Jiang and Y.F. Low)ENDITEM/J

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