Lately, HTC has been very appealing to businesses that want to get the tech edge on the competition by adopting VR into the workforce. There are already a number of partners with Vive solutions in production and as these systems are getting a lot of usage, wear and tear starts to become a factor. The HTC website seems to be preparing a storefront to sell Vive accessories to business partners and for a moment this weekend a retail page went live.
Users from the forum VRtalk.com caught a glimpse of the page by accident and then noticed it was unavailable shortly thereafter. They were able to capture some interesting details about the Vive accessories. HTC will be listing the following items to businesses at the prices listed below. This data could be subject to change, but for now this is what we have to go off of.
- Base Station with AC: $135
- Controller with AC: $130
- HDMI 3-in-1 Cable: $40
- Control Box (no AC): $30
- USB 2.0 Cable (AA) 4.5mm $10
- Face Cushion Set of 2 (Narrow) $25
- Face Cushion Set of 2 (Wide) $25
- Nose Rest Set of 3 (Narrow): $13
- Nose Rest Set of 3 (Wide): $13
One user was able to capture some screen shots of the listings as shown below.
For now, HTC has been replacing parts for customers, even though dealing with customer service has been a tongue-in-cheek experience just trying to get to the RMA process. HTC’s business partners need a quick way to stock up on accessories like the foam face pads or three-in-one A/V cable from the headset to the Link box. Having spare parts on hand will reduce the amount of down time potentially avoiding any lost sales.
We’re sure places like Game Stop will go through a bunch of Vive accessories. Say a person is getting a demo for the first time, they get so into the experience and accidentally let go of a controller during mid-swing of a melee attack on a virtual character. It could happen. With that said, there are a number of reason why businesses and customers using the Vive will need extra parts.
There’s no telling if and when official Vive accessories will be available to the masses, but at least the page gave us a hint at the price range some of the extra parts will retail for.
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