During CES 2017 in January HTC announced it would be introducing a subscription service for its online marketplace Viveport. Designed to offer an easy way for consumers to enjoy new content or experiences they may have missed, it’s now been revealed that HTC Vive users will be able to trial the service for a month, free.
In an interview with Variety, Viveport President Rikard Steiber confirmed the service would launch in the coming weeks and that since the announcement 14,000 consumers had signed up for notifications. While Vive users will get access for a month, Steiber didn’t reveal what the subscription service would cost, merely stating it reflected similar prices to that of Netflix and Spotify.
Unlike Netflix and Spotify however, customers will be limited to the amount of content they can download at one time, but they can then chose to trade in a title allowing them to download another.
The subscription service isn’t just for consumers either, it’s also been built to promote developers experiences if they decide to opt in. Studio’s will see a revenue split of 60/40, with 60 percent going to them, while 40 percent goes to Viveport.
Confirmed titles for the service so far include Time Inc’s. Remembering Pearl Harbor and Lumen, Groove Jones’ Arcade Artist and Steel Wool Studios’ Mars Odyssey.
This week saw Viveport announce the winners of its first developer awards, with Apollo 11 VR, Fantastic Contraption, Cloudlands: VR Minigolf and Allumette all securing first place in their respective categories.
With the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2017 taking place next week further updates on the Viveport subscription service are likely. VRFocus will be at the event to bring you all the latest announcements.
Source: HTC Vive Users to get a Month’s Free Trial of Viveport Subscription Service