After starting off in VR with some killer hardware, HTC's getting into VR software, too. The company recently announced the Viveport app store is now available to Vive users in more than 30 countries including the U.S. Previously, Viveport was only available in China.
Viveport's fairly small right now, with 60 titles currently available. But that's sort of the point, as HTC's app store is a more curated market focused on non-gaming VR experiences.
There are a few games to be sure, such as Cloudlands: VR Minigolf, Everest VR, Fantastic Contraption, and World of Diving. The larger focus, however, is on VR experiences such as cinemas, planetariums, guided meditation, and virtual tours. All of the games that do appear in Viveport could loosely fall into those categories as well.
First, the Federal Communications Commission had a grand plan to blow up the set-top box and free consumers from the confines of their service provider. Then the FCC tempered that objective by asking the cable companies to create more apps. Now, the FCC has decided on the most moderate move possible: Doing absolutely nothing—at least for now.
The FCC announced on Thursday that a vote on the set-top box proposal would be removed from the September Open Meeting Agenda, after 60 House Democrats sent the commission a letter asking for a delay and more public input. Instead of having the commissioners vote on the proposal it will be placed on the FCC’s “circulation list” where it will “remain under consideration by Commissioners.”
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