HTC Viveport Streaming Subscription Service Offers an All-Access to Thousands of Games
HTC Vive has unveiled a new built-in streaming subscription service that offers users an unfettered access to thousands of virtual reality titles. HTC calls the service Viveport Streaming and it merges HTC’s wireless streaming hardware with the new Viveport Infinity VR subscription service. With HTC’s wireless streaming hardware, users can stream games from a VR-ready PC to a virtual reality headset while leveraging the headset’s six-degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) support along with a 5Ghz Wi-Fi connection.
The Viveport Streaming service will significantly increase accessibility for virtual reality content for the standalone devices with the catalog expanding from a few hundred titles to thousands. Users will gain a one-click access to entire content library on PC VR. For end users, this will mean having access to a vast library of virtual reality content which will be rendered in high-end PC VR minus the pain of purchasing an extra virtual reality streaming accessory or having to grapple with wired connection.
The HTC VR streaming subscription service works pretty much like Google’s Stadia gaming subscription or Apple’s Arcade for iOS. Gamers will gain unlimited access to over 2000 games and apps forming part of the HTC library. The subscription service goes for $13 per month or as low as $9 per month for customers that prepay for the whole year. The Viveport Streaming subscription service will also include over 800 premium virtual reality titles.
Users will still need a PC with discrete graphics from either Nvidia or AMD for the VR experience when using the service so it will still not be as mobile as what you’d get with the standalone VR headsets such as the Oculus Quest or Oculus Go. However, the service could give HTC a leg up as it takes on the more agile and mobile-friendly VR headsets like Quest. HTC is envisioning a future where 5G-based cloud virtual reality will eventually eliminate the need to deploy a high-end VR-compatible PC for rendering games.
The streaming service will initially be supported by the enterprise-centric VR headset Vive Focus Plus which was launched earlier this year. The Vive Focus headset has built-in sensors that provide excellent 6DoF tracking functionality. During the ChinaJoy 2019 conference, HTC also showcased several 6DoF native titles which will be arriving on the Vive Ecosystem at a later date. The company also stated that its platform will in the future provide compatibility for more standalone VR devices built on the Vive Wave VR platform.
During the ChinaJoy 2019 Conference, HTC also showcased its Nostos game. It is a role-playing open-world game that was developed by NetEase. It provides players with a multiplayer experience in which players fight and also explore various worlds and biomes. The game launches in the fourth quarter of 2019. HTC also unveiled its new 6DoF interactive Viveport Video Player during the conference where users can walk into an existing 180-degree or 360-degree video and get immersed even more deeply into the content on the video player.