Skip to main content

HTC launches virtual reality-focused Viveport M storefront for Android

htc launches vr focused viveport m storefront for android
On Monday, hardware manufacturer HTC launched a beta version of Viveport M, an Android-compatible client for its Viveport virtual reality storefront that gives mobile users quick and easy access to HTC’s curated library of VR apps and 360-degree experiences.

Promising to deliver “best-in-class content to mobile VR users across hardware platforms,” Viveport M is available for mobile developers in China, and a consumer version will launch globally within the next year.

Related Videos

Android users who download the free Viveport M client will get access to a range of compatible apps and experiences suited to their mobile device. The client features apps that are compatible with both gyroscope-equipped mobile devices and dedicated VR equipment, opening up the marketplace to a wide range of users.

“Compelling content is the life blood of the burgeoning VR industry, but making great content isn’t easy or cheap,” HTC China’s Regional President of Vive Alvin Graylin said in a statement. “By expanding Viveport into mobile and offline channels, we are exponentially expanding the user base and revenue opportunities for VR developers around the world. This will give them the funds they need to not only survive but prosper, encouraging the creation of more exciting content.”

HTC additionally announced the upcoming launch of Viveport Arcade, which the company describes as “a VR content management and sales platform customized for offline experience centers.” Viveport Arcade aims to make HTC a vital component of location-based entertainment worldwide and the company foresees a future in which Viveport powers VR experiences at game centers, karaoke bars, and other locales.

“Viveport Arcade will make it much easier for VR arcade operators to legally acquire the most compelling VR content available, while the system itself will allow both operators and developers to accurately share the revenue from end users,” HTC explained. “Pilot programs for Viveport Arcade have already been deployed in a number of locations in the last one to two months and will soon expand to hundreds of gaming centers, amusement parks and karaoke bars across China and globally.”

Editors' Recommendations

Apple analyst suggests launch date for its rumored mixed-reality headset
A woman reaching out while wearing a VR headset.

Apple is reported to be eyeing mid-2022 for the launch of a mixed-reality (MR) headset, while its rumored augmented-reality (AR) glasses could get a release three years after that in 2025. And if you’re holding out for the smart contact lenses we heard about, be patient. They might not drop till 2030, or even 2040.

The update comes via TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo whose contacts in the industry have helped him to call it right with other Apple-related forecasts over the years.

Read more
Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive
msi oculus vr rift collaboration backpack pc on matt back2

The virtual reality headset industry is far more mature than when it re-emerged with exciting new hardware in 2016, but Oculus and HTC's flagship PC headsets are still two of the best choices out there.

Yes, there are other versions of these PC headsets, and while you might be more excited about the HTC Vive Pro, Oculus Go, or Oculus Quest, the Oculus Rift (and updated Rift S model) versus HTC Vive (now currently on the Cosmos line of products) comparison is still a major debate worth having when it comes to picking the right VR headset for you -- especially if you already have a capable gaming PC.

Read more
HTC offers cheaper Vive Pro Eye bundles, expands eye-tracking in VR
HTC Vive Pro Eye virtual reality headset

HTC is expanding its push into enterprise virtual reality solutions by launching several new bundles in the Vive Pro Eye family. Both new bundles come packaged with HTC's Vive Pro Eye, which boasts to be the first virtual reality headset that comes with built-in eye tracking technology.

However, enterprise users who just want the VR headset without buying a bundle can grab the Vive Pro Eye at its new lower price of $1,399, HTC announced. This represents a savings of $200 from the original $1,599 price.

Read more