Vive headset creators HTC has stated that the VR format is not dead. In a blog post on their website, the mobile manufacturer rallied against recent reports and murmurings that the once innovative gaming platform is dead.
In a recent report, Digital Trends has found that many, if not all, VR headsets are selling very poorly. Looking at various Amazon statistics for many VR products such as Samsung Gear or PlayStation VR, the report has found that across the board, VR’s sales are dropping. In response to this HTC has posted on their blog a scathing reply to the whole situation.
Within the post, the company claims that the reason why sales are so low for the HTC Vive is that they have simply sold all their stock of the product. They continue to boast adding that “Vive has paced at its highest sales velocity of all time, for weeks on end, and we sold out”. They also added that “For a consumer electronic product in its third calendar year, this continued trajectory is nearly unheard of. They continued with a reassurance to consumers: “Don’t worry, though: we are ramping up production of the original Vive and units will continue to roll out to online and retail over the coming weeks.”
This is quite petty of HTC to do in my opinion. They should let their sales speak for themselves, rather than lashing out against an independent report in such a caustic manner. VR does look like its dying down and rather than wasting its time on petulant posts, HTC should be working on making its products more appealing to potential buyers.
But what do you think? Is VR finally going into the long goodnight? Or is HTC right and that its just laying dormant for now and will make a comeback? Sound off in the comments below!