Last year brought the debut of virtual reality to the masses with devices such as the HTC Vive, and now those looking to try plenty of new VR experiences can do so with a planned subscription option for VR users of old and new in the platform’s store, along with a new peripheral for enhanced VR experiences.
During this week’s CES 2017, HTC has announced that the company plans to offer a subscription plan for Viveport, the HTC Vive’s app store, in a system similar to Netflix or Spotify that will allow users to try out a variety of the store’s apps and content. With its plans for a monthly subscription price, Viveport could provide access for users to over 1000 apps and titles currently available on the platform, while the company “expects to host 3000 VR titles by the end of this year,” according to a report from Variety.
HTC also revealed plans to release a new motion tracker module for the Vive at CES 2017, which will allow developers for the device to turn “all kinds of physical objects into controllers for virtual reality experiences.” The Vive Tracker is scheduled to begin shipping later in 2017, while no pricing information has been revealed by the company at this time, while the device will integrate into other peripherals such as a VR glove, camera, and more – several images of the accessory devices can be found below.
To kickstart the development of experiences around the Vive Tracker, HTC will be planning to give away 1,000 of the devices to developers free later this year – applications and information on how to obtain one for development will be announced later this year.
The HTC Vive first released last April for PC users to experience room-scale VR, releasing alongside other VR competitors such as the Oculus Rift and Sony’s PlayStation VR. Of the three, the HTC Vive comes with the highest entry price point at $799.