The HTC Vive has added two more prestigious awards to its growing number of international accolades. The virtual reality headset developed by HTC, in partnership with video game supplier Valve, has won two prizes at the European Hardware Awards: Product of the Year 2016 and Best VR Product. The announcement was made on the eve of Computex 2016 in Taipei on Monday 31 May.Previously the HTC Vive was recognised by the industry with the Best of CES 2016 award, from the Consumer Electronics Show held in Los Angeles in January, and the Best in Show and the Best Wearable awards at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona in 2015, amongst other accolades.
The European Hardware Association comprises nine of the largest independent technology news and reviews sites from across the continent, with a combined audience of more than 22 million technology enthusiasts. The awards are an annual selection of the very best hardware products available in the European market.
The Vive has been on sale since April this year. The headset is priced at US$799 and requires a high-end gaming PC. According to Statista 2.1 units have been sold thus far.
HTC has worked with different entities in the U.S., Japan, Europe and North Asia to market and sell the Vive. In Taiwan the headset was initially for sale online, but since Tuesday it has also been available for sale in HTC stores around Taiwan.
HTC Chairwoman Cher Wang has revealed that HTC is exploring the wider application of the Vive in areas such as medical care, education, exhibitions, property development, industrial design, tourism and e-commerce.