Earlier this year, we reported on how HTC was reportedly planning to launch a new ‘VR subscription service’ for Vive. At the time, the company said the service would be coming in early 2017, and while that has not happened quite as quickly as we might have hoped, it seems the service is finally making its way to Viveport within the next month.
At GDC 2017, President of Viveport Rikard Steiber conducted an interview with Upload VR stating that the new service would cost $6.99 per month, and would be making its way to Viveport over the next few weeks. The service includes a free month-long trial of the service to entice users to try it out, so make sure you give it a shot if you’ve got a Vive.
The service works by giving users access to 5 different experiences every month, which they can keep for the next month or swap out of new experiences. In this way, users are essentially paying $7 to demo 5 different titles for a month, where they can then decide if they are worth purchasing.
Any Viveport developer can opt in to the program, allowing their content to be used in the subscription service. While this may not make them as much as simply getting a sale, it is a good way for someone to get their content into the eyes of customers who may not have known they existed.
Would you pay $7 per month for a service like this? Many VR titles are currently quite inflated in price due to how new the content is, so it would be great to get a chance to try out new titles before making the decision to purchase.