Update – April 5: The HTC Vive one-day $100 discount sale event is now live on its official web site. The purchase of the headset also includes a one month free subscription to the new Viveport VR app service, along with offering the three game Arcade Saga bundle for free as well.
Original story: HTC plans to celebrate the one year anniversary of the launch of its Vive PC-based VR headset on Wednesday, April 5 with the launch of its new Viveport subscription app service. It will allow owners of the Vive to download and use five apps for $6.99 a month, with a free 30-day trial offer. HTC previously announced the Viveport subscription service a few months ago at CES 2017.
Engadget reports that the service will allow people to pick their five monthly apps from a selection of 50 apps, and those folks can switch to five different apps every month. The idea is to give people a way to try out apps for a low fee so they can then pick any app they want to use permanently, while still maintaining that subscription fee. It’s certainly a good way to offer people a 30 day period to try out apps they would normally not pay for outright, so they can kick their VR app tires, so to speak.
HTC is also giving away Arcade Saga, a bundle of three arcade-style VR games (Fracture, Smash and Bowshot) for free on April 5. The bundle is normally worth $19.99. Finally, if you have yet to purchase the HTC Vive headset itself, the company is lowering its price by $100, from $799 to $699, on April 5 as well. Sadly, this is just a one-day only discount. HTC has said it has no plans to lower the price of the Vive permanently, despite the move by Oculus to cut the price of its rival Rift headset by $100 a few weeks ago.