HTC VIVE LAUNCHES VIVE PRO FOR ENTERPRISES TO GROW VR-BASED BUSINESS

New Hardware and Tailored Service Packages Set Standard for Enterprise VR Market

Seattle, WA– April 23, 2018 – HTC VIVE™, the leader in room-scale Virtual Reality (VR), today announced VIVE Pro Virtual Reality System specifically built for commercial users to develop and deliver VR experiences to grow their business. The VIVE Pro delivers on the business user’s demand for higher resolution, improved audio, and greater comfort in VR as well as extended tracking area and ease of deployment behind a company firewall. This launch reflects HTC’s increased focus on developer and enterprise partners to create products for today’s most demanding and innovative VR users. Companies such as Airbus, Volkswagen Group, and Raymond Corporation are already using VIVE for their training and simulation needs.

VIVE Pro Innovates for Business

The VIVE Pro provides the most complete experience available for businesses that use or are built on VR. The headset’s superior resolution enhances immersion for commercial users, and the improved clarity means text, graphics and overall experience are true-to-life. VIVE Pro also features integrated, high-performance headphones with a built-in amplifier for a heightened sense of presence and an overall richer sound which is critical for businesses using VR. The VIVE Pro was strategically built with enhanced ergonomics to ensure long-wear comfort for professional users.

The VIVE Pro Virtual Reality System retails for $1,399 and includes the VIVE Pro HMD, SteamVR tracking 2.0, two base stations and two controllers. Created for business-use, the out of the box work space is 6 x 6 meters and will support up to 10 x 10 meters with multiple base stations[i]. Individual base stations will be available for purchase separately at a later date.

“Enterprise VR is transforming the way businesses operate and interact with their employees and customers. We are bringing the market a premium VR experience with a high-resolution display, integrated audio and the best components available today in a headset,” said Daniel O’Brien, GM U.S., VIVE. “VIVE Pro offers an immediate upgrade for businesses that want to utilize the most innovative technology to optimize their business and streamline their processes.”

Seamless Service and Integration

Enabling small to large companies to leverage the best-in-class VR solution and protect their investment, VIVE Enterprise Advantage and Advantage+ professional services offers two tiers of commercial licensing, dedicated support, and service utilities for VIVE Pro. Each program offers purchase protection with tailored hardware warranties, limited down time, dedicated support and advanced device management utilities. VIVE Pro’s new enterprise management tool gives businesses the flexibility and control to manage VIVE deployments and updates easily and securely.

Enterprise Advantage:
  • Dedicated support including chat and email
  • Expedited device replacement
  • Two-year commercial warranty covering HMD and qualifying accessories
Enterprise Advantage+:
  • Dedicated support including chat and email
  • Advanced exchange for device replacement
  • Two-year commercial warranty covering HMD and qualifying accessories
With NVIDIA, VIVE Pro Delivers Enterprise Grade VR for Airbus, Volkswagen and Raymond Corporation

When combined, the HTC VIVE Pro and NVIDIA VR Ready Quadro GPUs deliver the performance, stability and reliability necessary for an enterprise-grade experience. NVIDIA VR Ready Quadro graphics provide the capabilities essential for high-fidelity VR experiences across professional applications. The Quadro P5000 offers an excellent entry point for those in need of the highest quality VR experience.

“Enterprise VR growth is exploding, thanks to improvements in audio, text and graphics that have made VR far more immersive,” said Bob Pette, Vice President, Professional Visualization, NVIDIA. “From architectural walk-throughs to automotive design, HTC and NVIDIA are redefining what commercial users can do in VR.”

As a global leader in the aerospace industry, Airbus is implementing VIVE across their organization to streamline operations and facilitate collaboration. To ensure all teams have access to VR, departments at Airbus can order and install VR just like any other IT equipment request.

The Raymond Corporation has deployed VIVE across their business space to provide advanced, hands-on forklift instruction that is designed to improve operator skills and build confidence, as well as help retain employees and keep them learning. The first simulator of its kind in the material handling industry, it allows operators to learn on an actual lift truck in a virtual environment helping them become familiar and comfortable with the forklift before reaching the warehouse floor.

“The Raymond Virtual Reality Simulator is responding to new customer challenges in the supply chain and logistics industry with smart, leading-edge technology. By using VIVE to allow operators to become familiar and comfortable with the forklift and its controls Raymond is harnessing technology to help overcome the skills gap, as well as draw in new candidates who may have not considered the supply chain for a career track,” said Raymond CEO, Michael Field. “Using VIVE and VR exemplifies our commitment to keeping customers running better and managing smarter, and planning for future needs while increasing a business’s productivity and efficiency.”

Volkswagen Group has implemented VR in numerous way, through their Volkswagen Digital Reality Hub Group, with the most recent advancement to train employees in logistics and production using VR.

“At the Volkswagen Group using VIVE and Virtual Reality creates an ideal environment for effective and efficient training, in addition to global collaboration,” said Dennis Abmeier, Volkswagen Group IT/Digital Realities. “We’re excited to embark on our goal of training 10,000 employees in logistics and production this year using VR.”

For more on the VIVE Pro, please visit: https://enterprise.vive.com.

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About HTC

HTC Corporation aims to bring brilliance to life. As a global innovator in smart mobile devices and virtual reality devices and technology, HTC has produced award-winning products and industry firsts since its inception in 1997, including the critically acclaimed HTC U, One and Desire lines of premium and flagship smartphones, and leads the VR industry with the VIVE portfolio. The pursuit of brilliance is at the heart of everything we do, inspiring best-in-class design and game-changing mobile and virtual reality experiences for consumers around the world. HTC is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE: 2498). www.htc.com

About HTC VIVE

VIVE is a first-of-its-kind virtual reality platform, built and optimized for room-scale VR and true-to-life interactions. Built on the SteamVR platform, Vive delivering on the promise of VR with game-changing technology and best-in-class content, VIVE has created the strongest ecosystem for VR hardware and software, bringing VR to consumers, developers and enterprises alike. The VIVE ecosystem is built around the best VR hardware in market, supported by VIVE X, a $100 million accelerator for VR and related technology start-ups, Viveport, a global platform and app store with the world’s first VR subscription model that operates in more than 60 countries, and VIVE Studios, its VR content development and publishing initiative. For more information on VIVE, please visit www.vive.com.

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