HTC launches Viveport monthly VR app subscription service

HTC Vive virtual reality headset

The Vive virtual reality headset celebrates its one-year anniversary today. To mark the occasion, HTC is launching a new virtual reality game and app subscription service.

Priced at $9.99, the service offers Vive owners to unlimited access to the service’s catalogue of VR apps and games. At launch, 50 titles are available, with HTC promising more to come.

“The marketplace for Vive apps has grown at a tremendous pace with more than 1,600 titles now available across different app stores and over 30 new apps launching daily,” said Rikard Steiber, the president of the company’s new Viveport service. “The rapid growth of the app market is a win for VR overall yet it can present discoverability challenges that affect both customers and content creators. Introducing a subscription model to VR is a natural evolution of where this market is going, and as film, music and TV have proven it’s becoming the preferred way customers want to explore and experience entertainment content.”

For today only, the company is also taking $100 off the headset’s $1,149 CAD starting price, making the Vive $1,049. Consumers that buy the Vive today will also get action game Arcade Sage free with their purchase, as well as a one-month trial of the company’s new subscription service. Current Vive owners can also get Arcade Saga for free.