11 January 2017
HTC started shipping their Vive VR headset globally from April 6, 2016, and made quite a huge amount of sale since then. In fact, according to a Chinese VR site 87870, HTC has sold more than 140,000 units till now.
Asking HTC about the number, the President of Smartphone and Connected Devices at HTC, Chia-Lin Chang said,
Right, so I think this is a good question because I also read the (reports of 140,000 units sale figure). I don’t know (how) this 140,000 number came up, but I can confirm that the sales figure is much higher than 140,000. I won’t be able to give you a number, and I would encourage you guys not to refer that number. That seems to be anchored fully on something that we have no idea where it came from.
Chang further added that every HTC Vive sold brings in a profit to the company, and that the company is still continuing with a strong momentum for the HTC Vive across both consumer and enterprise market, while the content store Viveport, launched in late September, aims to bring the non-divergence action of virtual reality experience to Vive owners.
A single HTC Vive VR headset cost $800, and considering the above number of sales, the company has grossed over $112 million selling the product. However, HTC has been failing to generate income via their smartphone market, as their HTC 10 smartphone couldn’t report many sales, contributing to the failing profits each quarter.