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.
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.”