HTC’s app store, Viveport, for its Vive virtual reality headset is going live worldwide today. Viveport first opened exclusively in China this spring with developers being able to register fora beta last month.
There will be a 48 hour launch celebration, which will include discounted prices for Vives titles. With its partnership with Valve, HTC Vive owners can buy and run games through steam.
The company promises Viveport will not only just focus on games it will also take importance on apps such as art, education, sports, health, fashion, news, shopping, and various others. Viveport is launching in 30 countries with about 60 titles. Viveport Premieres will highlight new content such as Evert VR, Pearl, The Music Room, and others that haven’t been available elsewhere.
Virtual Reality is becoming a thing of the present with many companies including tech giants Microsoft and Facebook coming out with their virtual reality devices. Google also jumped into this market with their Cardboard, though for a company that innovates and creates technology such as self driving cars and enhanced glasses, cardboard seems out of date and almost irrelevant. Which is why it was big news when entrepreneur and tech journalist Peter Rojas tweeted that Google will be announcing Android VR.
Rojas also states that Android VR will be less powerful than the HTC Vive or the Oculus Rift.
Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive cost around $300 and are bulky this is one of the reasons why Cardboard was so popular, you can get one for $15, insert your phone and start using it. In the past Google has spent more efforts in getting developers to produce VR content. The price and the ease of use with the Cardboard is what it seems like Google is following.
Samsung is currently one of the cheapest and best options for Smartphone VRs coming in at $99, though the only problem is that you have to have a Galaxy or Note device to use the Gear VR headset. Though that did not stop the popularity of the VR headset, Samsung had more than one million users on the Gear VR last month.
We’ll have to wait and see at Google I/O just how Google will make an affordable yet powerful VR that can deliver high end optics.
Lucasfilm and Industrial Light and Magic have worked together to bring a part of Star Wars into virtual reality technology.
Trials on Tatooine, the latest project, uses the HTC Vive headset as its medium for virtual reality. In December ILMxLab released Jakku Spy for Google Cardboard, which was mostly a viewing experience. Trials on Tatooine will allow for a more immersive experience and the potential use of light sabers with the full motion tracking handheld controllers.
There’s no word when exactly Trials on Tatooine will be available to the public. ILMxLab is currently doing private demos at the Game Developers Conference (GDC).
In the meantime you can try out Googles Lightsaber Escape, a web game collaboration between Google, Disney, Lucasfilm, and Industrial Light and Magic. Lightsaber Escape can be played through the games website. All you have to do is download an app for your phone, connect it to the laptop or PC browser game, and start swinging away your phone which will also move the lightsaber. It might take some time and patience to get a hang of the game but its worth a try.