HTC is ramping up its virtual reality efforts yet again with a new VR app store called Viveport. The Taiwanese company announced the news on Friday at the VRLA expo in Los Angeles.
Viveport aims to be the place to go for virtual reality experiences and apps. HTC notes that it plans to serve Vive owners and “other VR customers” alike. The online market will feature a wide array of categories beyond gaming, including “education, design, art, social, video, music, sports, health, fashion, travel, news, shopping, creativity tools and more.”
“Our mission is to unleash human imagination from the limitations of reality,” said HTC CEO Cher Wang, “and Viveport will be an important cornerstone in democratizing access to the world’s most diverse selection of immersive experiences.”
Viveport is set to support a variety of monetization options for developers. That includes pay-to-download apps, in-app purchases and subscriptions. HTC will also take 30 percent of those profits, which is a pretty standard split for any major app store.
Viveport is set to launch this fall with a developer beta coming soon, so we should get a more detailed look at the new VR app store shortly.
VIVEPORT, THE APP STORE FOR VIRTUAL REALITY, ROLLING OUT GLOBALLY
Global community of content creators and developers will be able to engage HTC Vive and other VR customers with new and diverse immersive experiences
In addition to a fast growing library of VR games, customers will have VIVEPORT, the premier destination to Discover, Create, Connect, Watch, and Shop in VR.
Los Angeles, USA – August 5, 2016 – Today at VRLA, the world’s largest virtual reality expo, the team at Vive announced VIVEPORT™, the destination for VR content and experiences. Viveport will be available to customers later this fall and will launch a developer beta soon. Building on the fast growth and success of great VR games, Viveport features immersive experiences across additional categories and introduces an update to Vive Home, a personal and customizable virtual environment. Viveport will soon invite both the creator community and customers to discover, create, connect, watch, and shop for the things they love and need in life.
“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,” said Cher Wang, CEO of HTC.
Viveport will feature a wide range of VR experiences across education, design, art, social, video, music, sports, health, fashion, travel, news, shopping, creativity tools, and more. The Viveport store will be available in Vive headsets, web browsers, and as a PC and mobile app. Together with the global community of content creators and developers, Viveport will provide all customers with a unique and fast-growing selection of apps and experiences.
“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,” said Rikard Steiber, Senior Vice President of Viveport.
Viveport is built to be responsive to content creators and developers, empowering them to drive long-term engagement and monetization. Viveport will feature pay-to-download, in-app-purchases, subscriptions, and more revenue generating opportunities. In addition, Viveport will continue to roll out new platform features supporting content creation, distribution, and customer engagement.
We now welcome new content creators and developers to join the Viveport community, and register on http://developer.vive.com, joining the thousands of developers who have already started their journey with us. Also follow our blog on http://blog.htcvive.com for more information.