One day after announcing availability of its Vive VR headset for consumers following a few delays, HTC today announced an enterprise edition of the product.
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Vive BE (Business Edition) will offer software services for enterprise users and also enable bulk buying for businesses as well as “commercial licensing, a dedicated Business Edition customer support line and a 12-month limited warranty.”
The announcement of Vive BE builds on HTC’s existing network of commercial partners, spanning a wide range of industries from Automotive to Medical to Design. Among these partners include Dassault Systèmes, who developed the 3DEXPERIENCE platform as a collaborative virtual environment for businesses to create differentiating customer experiences. “Virtual reality has already proven its appeal among consumers and is now revealing its potential for enterprise,” said Olivier Ribet, Vice President High-Tech Industry, Dassault Systèmes. “Vive helps us provide our customers from all industries with premium virtual reality experiences that offer unlimited perspectives to inspire product ideation and creation.”
That will bump up the $799 cost of the consumer edition to $1200 USD for the Vive BE. Here’s what you’ll get officially for that price tag:
- Complete Vive BE System
- Vive BE Headset
- Vive BE Controllers x2
- Vive BE Base Stations x2
- Vive BE 3-in-1 Cable
- Vive BE Face Cushions x4
- Dedicated Vive Business Edition customer support line
- 12-month limited warranty (certain exclusions and limitations apply)
HTC also has an optional installation service to help you setup the headsets in a business environment. That will cost businesses extra.
The consumer edition is available in 24 countries, but Vive BE will launch first in U.S., Canada, UK, Germany & France this month. That will be followed by the rest of the countries sometime in the near future. You can learn more and order through HTC’s website.