HTC Vive VivePort Portal Launches – $1 VR Software For Limited Time
HTC’s new VIVEPORT™ app for the HTC Vive launched today as a premiere portal for the device. Up until now, the only real centralized software hub was Steam (there are others that have software available, but only a few titles). VIVEPORT™ is launching in over 30 territories, already having been launched in China.
The embedded, larger news is that as a special launch promotion, they are allowing several prominent pieces of software to be sold for just $1 each, including The Blu, Mars Oddyssey and La Peri. It also marks the first time users can purchase the Everest VR and Stonehenge VR experiences. (Please tell me Ylvis is an easter egg.)
“The Everest VR team is excited to bring a new update of fantastic content for Viveport customers, which will transport them to the highest point on the planet to explore the majesty of Everest like never before,” said Kjartan Pierre Emilsson CEO of Sólfar Studios.
Folks interested in the software sale should step on it, however, as the sale only lasts for the first 48 hours.
While I am interested in seeing how the two entities (HTC and Valve) approach software curation and promotion differently, inherently it’s the consumers that win. What will be interesting to watch is how, as the system matures, how integrated the VIVEPORT™ app will be in the user experience (since Steam is currently the default).
Full Press Release Below:
VIVEPORT™, THE APP STORE FOR YOUR LIFE IN VIRTUAL REALITY, LAUNCHES TODAY
Your journey in VR begins at Viveport with all-new Premieres including a new update to Everest VR, all-new edition of theBlu, Google Spotlight Stories’ Pearl, The Music Room, Stonehenge VR, Lifeliqe, and more.
A 48-hour customer celebration also launches today with many super-hit titles available at a special price of $1 USD
San Francisco—September 30, 2016—Today, the VIVE team announced the global launch of Viveport, the app store for virtual reality, where customers can explore, create, connect, and experience the content they love and need. Viveport showcases VR experiences across art, creativity tools, design, education, fashion, music, sports, travel, video, and more. Viveport’s mission is to democratize access to the world’s most diverse selection of immersive experiences by empowering all content creators to reach and engage the fast-growing global VR audience.
“We believe Viveport is the place where customers will start their journey into new virtual reality experiences,” said Rikard Steiber, President of Viveport. “Now, fans in over 30 countries will join us on a fantastic voyage, as they get to experience amazing VR Apps published by the best content creators in the industry. In addition to debuting new Viveport Premieres, we are also rewarding our community with a special 48-hour launch celebration, where several marquee titles will be available for a special price of US$1.”
Viveport Premieres consist of content launching first on Viveport. Today, these include all new content from Everest VR, Google Spotlight Stories’ Pearl, Lifeliqe, Stonehenge VR, The Music Room, an all-new edition of theBlu, and many more. The 48-hour launch celebration features theBlu, Mars Odyssey, and Firebird – La Peri, among others.
“Vive is a leader in VR and we’re excited about the Viveport release, as we bring a new version of theBlu to VR fans everywhere”, says Neville Spiteri, CEO of Wevr. “We can’t wait to see new and existing customers try out theBlu, Gnomes and Goblins, and some exciting upcoming titles on Viveport.”
“The Everest VR team is excited to bring a new update for Viveport customers, which will transport them to the highest point on the planet to explore the majesty of Everest like never before,” said Kjartan Pierre Emilsson CEO of Sólfar Studios.
“With Viveport, Lifeliqe is able to spark lightbulb moments in the eyes of students learning science” said Ondrej Homola, CEO of Lifeliqe. “Now anyone can walk alongside dinosaurs and explore the human body among the many experiences in our virtual museum.”
The Viveport launch consists of the following offerings for customers:
Viveport Premieres: Experience the best new and updated content from top VR creators.
48-Hour Launch Celebration: Stuff your library with must-have experiences for $1 each for the first 48 hours only, starting at 12AM Pacific Time today.
Viveport Community: Join the Viveport community and connect with other VR fans, influencers, and enthusiasts. Get started at http://community.viveport.com/
Vive Home: Customize your personal space with the debut collection of objects, experience streaming media with the new web browser widget, and more.
“And one more thing,” added Steiber. “Any Day now we will Relay a secret message that will Reopen a path to unlimited Viveport content for worthy contenders. We hope you will follow us on social media, install the VIVE software, visit Viveport.com, and explore VIVE Home over the next month as we unveil more clues and keys to unlock the treasures.”
Start your journey today by visiting www.viveport.com and explore the amazing destinations created by our community of content creators.
For static assets of Viveport, please visit https://we.tl/5O0gTBxnuq
VIVE is a first-of-its-kind virtual reality platform developed by HTC and Valve for total immersion in virtual worlds. Designed from the ground up for room-scale VR and true-to-life interactions, VIVE delivers on the promise of VR with game-changing technology and best-in-class content. VIVE has been recognized with over 65 awards and wide critical acclaim since its unveiling in 2015. For more information, visit www.VIVE.com.