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Valve Sells 15,000 HTC Vive Headsets in First 10 Minutes of Pre-Order Frenzy

Posted on March 2, 2016

Steam today launched the pre-order for their collaboration project with HTC -- the HTC Vive for SteamVR. Those who pre-order get the whole kit-and-caboodle -- the headset, sensors, and controllers -- and a few extra throw-in games. We’ve covered Valve’s VR multiple times, going so far as to explain the “how it works” in-depth here, and we’ve talked about our opinion of the whole thing.

So, on following Oculus’ pre-order launch, the much anticipated rival from Valve is finally starting to become available to consumers. Those who pre-order the Vive get access to three games: Tilt Brush, Fantastic Contraption, and Job Simulator: The 2050 Archive. In the first ten minutes of its availability, the Vive sold an impressive 15,000 units.

Unfortunately, what the Vive does not come with is the room necessary to set up and use the whole thing. As can be seen in some of our videos, the setup can be quite demanding on space. To top things off, the price tag sits at a firm $800 (not including shipping) and makes the Vive more financially demanding than its chief, $600 Oculus VR competitor.

If you’re interested in this VR solution, you can find more information here, which will also offer a compatibility test on your computer.

- Keegan "HornetSting" Gallick.