At the Vive Ecosystem Conference, HTC has presented the IVRI institute, the collaboration for Ready Player One, the partnership with manufacturers to promote Viveport M and the availability of a new Vive pack for groups.
HTC has started the Vive Ecosystem Conference (VEC2017), which will be held throughout today and tomorrow in China, sharing new strategic alliances across multiple sectors and making new announcements in order to boost the industry. HTC has partnered with the government of Shenzhen, China, to launch the International Virtual Reality Research Institute, IVRI, which will allow discovering new advances through various areas such as devices, technologies, industry applications and big data. Turning Shenzhen into a global center for virtual reality research, development and application. Cher Wang, CEO of HTC, will be the president and other industry experts will join the initiative.
“2016 was clearly an important year for Vive and for the entire VR industry, and with all the big announcements made today, 2017 is off to a great start. With the mass entertainment industry coming to VR in a major way, your knowledge and understanding will soon reach new levels. The entire industry is looking for new ways of revenue and distribution channels, and today’s announcements reinforce Vive’s role in enabling a sustainable ecosystem,” commented Alvin W. Graylin, president of Vive in China.
The company’s taiwanese has revealed the names of the winners of the Viveport Developer Awards in China and has announced the second wave of new companies to join the acceleration program Live X. Viveport M, the store of distribution of content to mobile, has also shared an agreement with 6 manufacturers of viewers to expand the scope of Viveport with more than 10 million users by the end of the year, and the arrival of a monthly subscription for 29.99 a RMB (4€ approximately) it let you choose 5 applications and the first month will be free.
Vive VR Ad Service and Viveport SDK, also arrive today to offer brands new advertising formats to reach consumers and allows developers to integrate micro payments into their applications and multi-user services. The company has also partnered with Warner Bros. Pictures to bring virtual reality to the masses through the upcoming movie Ready Player One, and with GOME, a chain of stores in China, to be the technological partner that supports the GOME VR cinemas that will launch 100 centers this year.
Vivepaper, an augmented virtual reality experience, has signed an agreement with Qingdao Publishing Group that will allow them to bring a demonstration of the application to selected schools in China in the coming years. Finally, HTC has presented a new Vive pack for groups that offers 10 HMDs of the enterprise version of Vive and 2 Lighthouse base stations that will facilitate the creation of multi-user experiences in cinemas, arcades and schools. This new group edition is currently only available in China and its objective is to bring the experience to a larger audience with a more affordable price for companies.
At the moment, these have been all the announcements that HTC Vive has made at VEC2017.