It was a week ago today that pre-orders for HTC and Valve’s anticipated virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), the HTC Vive, finally went up live. The kit can be ordered for some $799 USD and will begin to ship in April 2016, though any pre-orders placed now will arrive in May. The cost of the device is undeniably massive, but it appears that HTC itself has been reaping more benefits than negatives at the moment. Some 15,000 units were pre-ordered in the first 15 minutes of going on sale and, today, it’s been revealed that HTC stock has risen by over 20 percent in the past few trading days.
As reported by Phone Arena, the Taiwanese smartphone maker’s shares jumped 9.75 percent on Friday, 4th March. Following that, the shares rose another 10 percent today, totalling a 21.75 percent increase overall in the two trading days. Shares now sit at $99 TWD, which is reportedly the highest price they’ve been since June 2015. Some of this rise has been attributed to investor’s confidence in the company’s VR kit, though there are other factors such as the shipping of its initial batch of HTC UA HealthBox, a connected health system for everyday use.
Those that do pre-order the HTC Vive will be getting a lot for the $799 price tag. Along with the HMD itself, the box will include two position tracked controllers that will act as player’s hands within VR and two Lighthouse base stations that enable the much-touted Room Scale user tracking. There are also three free titles in Job Simulator from Owlchemy Labs, Fantastic Contraption from Northway Games, and Tilt Brush from Google.
Stay tuned to VRFocus for the latest updates on the HTC Vive.