A news story from Chinese VR site 87870 has revealed a claim from a HTC Vive representative claiming that the company has sold in excess of 140’000 units.
Back in August, HTC’s regional president for China, Alvin Grayling, claimed a figure of around 100’000 units, but Cher Wang, the companies chairman, has told 87870 that this figure is now well over 140’000.
The news brief was spotted by Tech Crunch, and the news is supported by reports that HTC’s revenues rose 40 per cent from August to September, a figure that analysts have linked to the sales of the Vive VR headset. More solid proof would come from the sales of one of the Vive’s most popular games, Raw Data, a VR sci-fi shooter exclusive to the HTC device which was also the first VR title to generate $1m in revenue.
Survious claimed at the time that 20% of Vive owners had also purchased Raw Data, and Steam Spy data — with my continuous caveat that SteamSpy data is not always accurate, although it often is — suggests it’s sold 33,000 copies, which if both claims are accurate puts the sales at somewhere around 165’000.
It’s a slow build for the Vive, and a fair distance from 400’000 or so that analysts predicted to be shifted before the end of the year. VR growth on PC’s seems to have slowed, and further spikes in ownership could be a long time coming. With the PSVR however, earlier this week Jim Ryan, SIEE president, suggested that the PSVR sold hundreds of thousands of units solely in pre-orders.