HTC opens Viveport VR store to global audience

Owners of HTC's Vive VR headset now have a new source for Vive-compatible software, thanks to the HTC Viveport app store. Viveport first opened for Chinese Vive owners all the way back in April, and is now available to users in over 30 countries around the world. The store offers a variety of VR content including games, educational, and creative titles.

The Viveport store appears to be an attempt to streamline the process of discovering and buying new software for the Vive headset. Many of the titles in Viveport are available through Steam already, but VR enthusiasts who don't want to sift through Valve's storefront will likely enjoy Viveport's more VR-focused presentation. Additionally, Viveport offers headsets, Vive-ready PCs, and "Vive installation services."

HTC has also announced Viveport Premieres, a series of titles available first through Viveport. Everest VR, Google Spotlight Stories' Pearl, Lifeliqe, and Stonehenge VR are part of the initial wave of Viveport Premieres titles. To celebrate Viveport's launch, HTC is running a 48-hour sale on certain titles. Popular experiences like theBlu and Mars Odyssey are just $1 during this window.

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    • psuedonymous
    • 3 years ago

    Viveport is… weird. While it exclusively uses the SteamVR API for application installed through it (i.e. OVR or OSVR are a no-go), unlike Steam you MUST use a Vive to launch through Viveport itself. If you have another HMD, you need to install through the desktop app, then run the executable itself from the install directory.

    A shame, as it’s a much nicer interface than SteamVR’s awful bigscreen-on-a-vitual-screen UI.

    • neverthehero
    • 3 years ago

    The store has been opened since April, and this is the shape the Viveport is in? not impressed, You can be scrolling through their wall of apps and they can’t even check mark ones that you already own. Plus it’s not clear on how you open it to start, like can you open up Vive on the Desktop and then it’ll open the actual Vive, or do you still need to open SteamVR, then go to Viveport from there.. I couldn’t get it to work..

    • mkk
    • 3 years ago

    There needs to be a separate store for the entire handful of decent VR-specific titles?

      • brucethemoose
      • 3 years ago

      No, we need at least 3!

      In all seriousness though, competition isn’t a bad thing.

        • thor84no
        • 3 years ago

        Unfortunately it’s barely possible to compete in this space. Until you can take your steam collection to a competitor and have them take over the service without losing your library (and vice versa), it’s nothing like a level playing field for competitors.

    • human_error
    • 3 years ago

    How is Everest VR a premiere title that’s “available first through Viveport” when it has been released and available on Steam for a while (over a month)?

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    Given that Valve > Steam > Vive, I’m really quite confused at what a mess the Steam library of Vive/VR-compatible titles is.

    I know the Steam storefront is getting an overhaul soon, but the fact that Viveport needs to exist at all tells you what a shambles it currently is.

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