During the VRLA expo in Los Angeles, the Vive team announced a new hub for VR content, Viveport. The software is currently in beta, with a developer version available soon, and a consumer version launching this fall.
The hub will cater, “VR–like information, edutainment, social media, 360˚ video, news, sports, health, travel and shopping.” Viveport will also have an update for Vive Home, a customizable home space.
With Viveport, we hope to further our missions of unleashing the human imagination from the limitations of reality by offering the most immersive and diverse selection of VR experiences available. Built with a focus on the global community of developers, its success will be deeply tied to the success of developers listing content on the platform. Through this intimate relationship, we will empower developers to drive long-term engagement with customers.
In an FAQ for Viveport, HTC states that they plan it being a complementary distribution platform alongside Steam, with a broader range of content. All VR games will continue to release independently through Steam and only through Viveport for China. The Viveport software will be available not only for the HTC Vive virtual reality headset but also on PC, mobile, and the web.
Developers who wish to participate in the Viveport beta and contribute to the platform can sign up through Vive’s website.