HTC, with an aim to provide virtual reality headset users another app store to browse through, has launched Viveport, its alternative VR platform other than the Steam VR. The platform, Viveport may offer more many other apps across multiple platforms like mobile, desktop and VR environment, other than just gaming which is Steam’s forte. In categories ranging from art, music and education to sports etc, HTC’s global developer beta will be unveiled soon and the Viveport will be available to users by the end of this year. Cher Wang, CEO of HTC said, “Our mission is to unleash human imagination from the limitations of reality, and Viveport will be an important cornerstone in democratizing access to the world’s most diverse selection of immersive experiences.”
The platform, featuring pay-to-download, in-app purchases, subscriptions, and more revenue generating opportunities, will be used by developers and content creators to bring in long-term engagement and money prospects. If you are a developer you can register on its website and get your wares in Viveport. In the market currently HTC Vive and Oculus VR are the main devices featuring virtual reality. HTC’s Vive is a VR headset based on Steam. While Steam has been a hit among gamers, it is difficult to guess why HTC is coming up with its own VR app store. One reason can be that Steam is not accessible widely across the world.
Rikard Steiber, Senior Vice President of Viveport said, “We believe equal access to virtual reality experiences will make the world a better place; enhancing our daily lives and the way we connect with everything. An important goal for the Viveport team is to enable developers to reach a global audience and grow their business.”