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HTC launches the Vive Business Edition for $1,200

Engadget Engadget 9/06/2016 Steve Dent
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HTC has just made a surprising reveal of a new version of a business version of its Vive VR headset. Called the Vive Business Edition (BE), it's basically a regular consumer headset with extra accessories, giving you two Vive controllers, two base stations and four face cushions. Customers also get a dedicated customer support line and the option to buy more than one headset (right now, consumers sales are limited to one device). Businesses will get all that for $1,200 in the US, or £849 in the UK and €1,080 in Europe -- a significant premium to the $799 consumer price.

After strong initial sales, HTC is now producing enough Vives that you can get one pretty soon after you order it. While $799 is a pretty big ask for most consumers, $1,200 isn't a big deal for many companies, so HTC obviously wants to tap that market. "Virtual reality has already proven its appeal among consumers and is now revealing its potential for enterprise, says VP Daniel O'Brien. "We are answering the overwhelming demand from global industries for a complete VR experience."

HTC also wants to get companies to work building business-related apps for the device, so it's offering commercial license. As an example, it cited Dassault, which has developed software to help companies do design and collaboration in VR. The Vive BE is launching this month in the US, Canada, UK, Germany and France, and will arrive elsewhere "in the coming weeks."

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