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Virtual reality can be used for much more than some interesting gaming experiments, and HTC wants users in “business and commercial environments” to take advantage of its Vive VR hardware. For example, the company announced its new Vive Business Edition (Vive BE), a full Vive system that retails for the low, low price of $1,200 — or 50 percent more than the $800 consumer Vive.

Despite the higher cost, there doesn’t seem to be anything different about the physical hardware you get with the Vive BE. The “business” system still comes with a headset, two controllers, two base stations, and all the necessary cables and face pads you could possibly need. All that extra money will instead help pay for a 12-month limited warranty and a “dedicated Vive Business Edition customer support line” (as well as “commercial licensing,” if that’s something your attorney says is for some reason is needed).

That support line might come in handy if one of your employees doesn’t know how to connect the headphones to the little dongle on top of the headset, we suppose. Still, the $400 storage is a pretty hefty price to pay for support on a system that’s already pretty user-friendly. The “Limited Warranty” doesn’t even cover things like “physical damage”, “rough use” or “accidents” that may result from the headset being exposed to the general public in a business environment.

Businesses willing to overpay for their VR headsets can sign up to learn more about the Vive BE, bulk purchase discounts, and installation services.

By akfire1

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