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Tech & Science Meet Viveport, Vive's app store for virtual reality fans

14:00  30 september  2016
14:00  30 september  2016 Source:   cnet.com

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HTC, maker of the Vive virtual - reality headset, on Friday announced the launch of the app store , a one-stop shop for all things virtual reality where VR users can explore and create VR content while connecting with other customers. Viveport promises to showcase VR experiences across a variety of

HTC officially launched an app store for its Vive virtual reality (VR) headset Friday. The app store , dubbed Viveport , not only features games, but also a number of cinematic virtual reality experiences. Among the Viveport launch titles is the Vive version of “Pearl,” the Google-produced animated short.

Meet Viveport, Vive's app store for virtual reality fans © Provided by CNET Meet Viveport, Vive's app store for virtual reality fans

Viveport, an app store for virtual reality fans, is now a reality.

HTC, maker of the Vive virtual-reality headset, on Friday announced the launch of the app store, a one-stop shop for all things virtual reality where VR users can explore and create VR content while connecting with other customers. Viveport promises to showcase VR experiences across a variety of VR experiences, including art, design, education, music, sports, travel, and more.

The new portal underscores the tech community's growing interest in virtual reality, which promises to transport goggle-wearing users to a computer-generated 3D environment.

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"We believe Viveport is the place where customers will start their journey into new virtual reality experiences," Rikard Steiber, president of Viveport, said in a statement.

One of the store's marquee features is Viveport Premieres, which consists of VR content launching first on Viveport. Among the content debuting on Friday are Everest VR, Stonehenge VR, The Music Room and an all-new edition of the Blu, among others.

In addition to Viveport Premieres, the store will also feature a Viveport Community where users can connect with VR influencers and other enthusiasts, as well as a Viveport Home, where users can create a customized personal space where users can watch streaming media with the new web browser widget.

As part of Viveport's launch, it is offering experiences for $1 each during its first 48 hours.

You can now fly around Google Earth in virtual reality .
A virtual reality version of Google Earth is now available for free on the HTC Vive, letting users explore reconstructed cultural treasures, global landmarks, or (for some) their own homes in VR. Google Earth VR has been in development for some time, and it bears conceptual similarity to the version of Street View that Google released on its Cardboard and Daydream platforms. But where Street View offers strings of photospheres collected by 360-degree cameras, users of Earth VR can virtually fly freely around a topographical reconstruction of the globe, or take guided tours of places like Manhattan and Monument Valley.

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