Viveport to Support Windows Mixed Reality Headsets in June
Originally launched as a dedicated online store for HTC Vive owners, Viveport has expanded its reach over the past year to offer a viable alternative to Steam by supporting Oculus Rift as well as launching flexible subscription model Viveport Infinity. Today, the retail platform has announced plans to become even more hardware agnostic by supporting Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) headsets.
Featuring headsets from the likes of Dell, Acer, Samsung, HP, Asus and Lenovo, the Windows Mixed Reality line of headsets never particularly set the virtual reality (VR) world alight, but they are some of the most affordable PC-based VR devices going.
So from 5th June, if you own a WMR headset then you’ll be able to head on over to Viveport download compatible titles. This is because developers need to ‘opt-in’ to allow WMR support – in the same way as Oculus Rift. It’s worth their while as it could help increase revenue, just don’t expect every videogame and app to be available on day one.
“This summer, Viveport is expanding to embrace all major PC VR devices including the HTC Vive family, Oculus Rift and Oculus Rift S and soon Windows Mixed Reality and the Valve Index,” said Rikard Steiber, President of Viveport in a statement. “Viveport Infinity offers all members unparalleled value and choice when it comes to experiencing and discovering VR content. In addition, we’re connecting Viveport developers to an increased audience pool to monetize their content.”
“We’re excited our users now have an additional opportunity to discover some of the best content VR has to offer at an accessible price through Viveport Infinity,” said Dan Newell, Director of Mixed Reality at Microsoft. “Adding Windows Mixed Reality support on Viveport strengthens the VR ecosystem for consumers and developers alike.”
WMR owners will, of course, have access to the new Viveport Infinity subscription service which costs $12.99 USD a month, or less with a prepaid annual subscription. They’ll be able to access videogames like RUSH and Gun Club VR by Binary Mill, Final Assault by Phaser Lock Interactive and I Expect You To Die by Shell Games. Additionally, members are entitled to perks such as premium content on Viveport Video, monthly coupons, weekend deals and free title giveaways. For further Viveport updates, keep reading VRFocus.