HTC Announces New VR Subscription Service
Subscription services are increasingly becoming more and more popular. Netflix and Hulu offer TV and movie services, Spotify offers music, and we even have gaming subscription services such as EA Access and PlayStation Now. It seems that HTC is jumping on board with a sub of their own for their virtual reality (VR) hardware, HTC Vive.
— Viveport (@Viveport) January 5, 2017
At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017, HTC announced that they are aiming for a monthly subscription service through their application and game store, Viveport. As of now, there are currently over 1,000 titles available on the Viveport platform, and an expected 3,000 by the end of 2017. Although most of us associate the virtual reality technology with gaming, HTC is aiming to provide apps and services for other areas such as healthcare, engineering, real estate and retail. The Vive and other VR hardware can provide immersion in gaming as well as providing useful tools for professionals and consumers in areas such as architecture, design, and even modern medicine.
Viveport President Rickard Steiber believes that the possibilities are endless when it comes to VR technology. Viveport is also planning to launch several developer-aimed platforms, including a portal that will provide virtual reality arcade owners to directly license titles for commercial use. Steiber projects that there will be around five thousand VR arcade locations by the end of the year. The company’s president is also hopeful that Hollywood studios will also give licenses to the new platform to give 3D movies a new home as well.
As of now, there is no confirmed time frame for when the subscription will be available or any estimated price points. Those that have the Vive equipment and are interested in the monthly subscription services can sign up by clicking here.
What do you think of a possible VR subscription service? Would it be beneficial instead of single purchase games? Sound off in the comments section below and stay tuned with DFTG for all of your gaming news.
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