Vive Branded VR Ready PCs Coming From HTC and HP
HTC is looking to expand their hardware portfolio yet again, through Vive branded VR ready hardware, according to this recent partnership agreement between HTC and HP. Despite in some financial troubles, where most companies usually cut back on projects in order to streamline others, HTC seems to think introducing more products in the market will get them out of these troublesome times.
Similar to the Origin powered VR Ready PCs, HTC is partnering up with HP to launch Vive branded VR ready PCs. The consumer electronics company recently worked with gaming giant Valve on the creation of their premium HTC Vive VR headset.
Not only has Hewlett-Packard scored a top spot on the HTC Vive’s recommended roster of “optimized” computers, but according to Digitimes, the Palo Alto-based business will sell its VR-ready products to its new partner for rebranding purposes before long. The aim of these branded PCs is to provide consumers a VR ready gaming experience at much more friendly prices.
Seems like VR is the latest market trend which HTC seems to cling to for now. Not only did the company develop Vive but they have also been developing technologies to help incorporate Vive into enterprise and education based applications for a bigger market than just gaming.
Despite HTC’s efforts, some market watchers expect HTC Vive’s sales to reach only 500,000-700,000 units in 2016, far lower than Sony PlayStation VR’s forecasts of up to six million units and also weaker than Facebook Oculus Rift’s one million units.
Given the huge price tag of $800 that HTC Vive has, it is understandable that less people would be willing to spend so much money on a tech that just recently released. Combine the cost of the headset and that of a VR ready PC, barely a handful of PC gamers would spend around $1500 for an experience that may or may not be the future of gaming and might eventually get abandoned like so many other such tech innovations.