HTC is said to be teaming up with HP to build a new PC that will be focused on powering the Taiwanese company’s Vive virtual reality headset. The machines are expected to be sold under the HTC Vive brand and will sell at a “friendly” price.
“HTC will acquire PCs from HP and rebrand them under HTC Vive,” reports Digitimes, citing “sources in the upstream supply chain.” The machines will then be sold alongside the Vive headset to provide consumers with an instead VR-ready gaming rig.
With sales falling every quarter, it’s not exactly a good time to get into the PC industry. However, there is demand for high-end PCs from those who want the best virtual reality experience they can get right now.
It certainly makes sense for HTC to offer VR-ready machines, then — especially if they’re already being built by HP. Customers will be able to walk into a store and buy a Vive PC with their new headset knowing it’s capable of playing virtual reality games.
“Prior to its partnership with HP, HTC had also sought partnerships from Micro-Star International (MSI) and Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), but had no result,” Digitimes adds. There’s no word on when Vive PCs might be available.