Viveport App Store
HTC is currently set to launch the virtual reality app store called Viveport giving HTC Vive VR Headset owners another way to download content apart from the normal streaming method.
According to HTC, the VR app store will come with the greatest and the latest experience in virtual reality that the innovation has to offer which brings rich software to the table. Since the Vive VR headset is becoming increasingly important for its future, HTC is trying to ensure that nothing is left to chance when it comes to the potential income that they are likely to get.
Where will it be available?
This HTC Viveport will be available in web browsers, vive VR headsets, the mobile app and the PC app.
Previously, HTC has not shown a lot of pursuits in the mobile virtual reality space which is a bit strange given its previous status a leader in the mobile space. It will largely emphasise on hosting non-gaming areas including virtual reality design, education, social, art, music, video, health fashion, news travel and creativity among others.
HTC will also support subscriptions and in-app purchases together with a more standard model. Apart from getting a significant update, when it becomes official, it will sport interactive widgets.
Will it compete with steam?
Simply put, HTC Viveport will not rival steam but will enable users to get virtual reality apps that are not majorly based on virtual gaming. To support this, HTC even urges developers to release apps across.
In short, it’s just giving the consumers who are not inclined to the virtual gaming an alternative platform. Since it will become accessible to everyone, it will launch as developer beta. Because steam is not widespread in china, the virtual reality already exists there.
It’s actually a much better alternative for those who cannot use steam. When it comes to this, you will be able to use it anywhere without any problem.
One stop for all VR content!
Normally, if you own HTC Vive VR headset and want to buy virtual reality games, the first place that you will visit is the steam store. It becomes a challenge especially if you are looking for content that is not a video VR game. This may be scientific or education content.
This is actually the main reason why HTC is launching VR application store Viveport. HTC stated that the applications will be compatible with the HTC vibe. However, this does not rule out the possibility of connecting it to other headsets such as Oculus Rift or Samsung Gear VR.
This means if you lack an HTC Vive headset, you can still experience their virtual reality app store using web browser mobile app. or PC.
Although it may be a bit disorganised at first, HTC decision to develop a non-gaming VR storefront is a move that will make gaming important to its product DNA.
This appears to be HTC aim to deliver virtual content and VR experience to the non-gaming users in the best manner. This means virtual reality developers can sign up for the beta at the website for developers.
If you are keen about this, you can easily register to the Vive community. Once you have registered, you are assured of having the best virtual reality experience. In fact, we see this OS as one of the best developed so far.