Since the launch of Oculus Rift and HTC Vive earlier this year customers in certain countries may take it for granted that there will be virtual reality (VR) demo locations somewhere in the vicinity. HTC has been ensuring collaborations with retailers across the world so that those who’ve never tried VR can see what all the fuss is about. The head-mounted display (HMD) has been available in Australia since April but no official demo locations have been setup. Now the company has confirmed two national retailers will be stocking and offering demos soon.
HTC has partnered with Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi store to offer local sales and demos, reports Mashable. Raymond Pao, vice president at HTC made the announcement at Pax Australia, revealing there would be demo locations alongside an online booking system to avoid queues. “We need some education processes to tell people what VR is, I think,” commented Pao.
VR has always been a medium people need to try before understanding the immersive qualities of the technology. At the event chief of staff to the CEO of HTC, Jimmy Feng reiterated this saying: “We can talk and talk. Once we’ve brought people though the VR experience, then they don’t need convincing anymore. They’re sold.
“We’re very lucky to be partnering with two of the largest retailers in Australia to bring these demo experiences all across the country.”
HTC has been heavily pushing VR in certain Asian markets, especially Japan and China, and while it hasn’t released sales figures for Australia this new retail push shows confidence in the region. “We do see a very enthusiastic use base in Australia, and this is why we want to accelerate adoption,” added Feng.
Back in July VRFocus reported on HTC expanding its sales channels in Japan, with an initial 36 stores getting the device, and since then more are likely to have been added. While in China the HTC Vive is now appearing in Intercontinental Hotels, and Viveport Arcades will be appearing soon.
Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi store will be stocking the HTC Vive from 18th November, and for all the latest news on the HMD, keep reading VRFocus.