HTC Officially Launches the Viveport Infinity Service
HTC’s launch of its Viveport Infinity service is now official. The company has today announced the official launch of its Netflix-like service that will offer users an unlimited subscription service for virtual reality content.
HTC has been leaning heavily on virtual reality to regain its form in the industry after losing out to fierce competitors in the smartphone market. The launch of a Netflix-like virtual reality service is a groundbreaking step for HTC, enabling it to zone in on a fast growing niche and ramp up the sales of its VR headsets.
The Viveport Infinity platform provides users with access to a huge collection of virtual reality titles. Users will have access to a library of some 600 games and applications including popular titles such as Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs whose global launch is coming at the same time as the launch of HTC’s subscription platform. For a monthly fee of just $12.99 or $99 per year, users will gain an unlimited access to a large library of VR content, a highly appealing prospect for avid VR fans. Early adopters can access the service for as little as $8.99 monthly throughout this year.
The Viveport Infinity service will be available to Oculus Rift and HTC VIVE headset owners. It will also be available on any standalone headset that is based on HTC’s WAVE platform. HTC is also planning to change the revenue distribution formula for developers from 70/30 to 80/20 (in developer’s favor) as a strategy for expanding its catalog and making it more dev-friendly.
Additional games will be expected to debut on the platform in the near future and the company is also planning to provide users with extra subscriber perks which will include a 10% Viveport coupon to be offered at the beginning of every month, weekend deals, free titles as well as an access to HTC’s revamped Viveport Video application which will be exclusively available to subscribers.
Users who sign up for a free trial on the Viveport Infinity platform before April 2 or who are already subscribers will be eligible for a discounted subscription rate of $8.99 until the end of the year. If you are interested in the service, this is the best time to apply.
To celebrate the launch of the subscription service, HTC is also planning a sale of more than 100 titles on the store between April 2 and 7.
The announcement of the launch of the Viveport Infinity subscription service comes in light of rumors that other leading tech players such as Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Google are also planning similar Netflix-like subscription offerings for VR titles. The drive, it seems, is to zone in the subscription model and become the Netflix of the VR market as a strategy of boosting revenues and VR headset sales.
This is not the first time that HTC is venturing into the subscription game. In April 2017, the Taiwanese company launched a monthly subscription product for its Viveport content distribution platform. The content on that platform was more limited and there were also limitations on how frequently the content could be accessed and used. The Viveport Infinity platform does away with all these restrictions and gives users an unlimited access to a vast library.