HTC Vive Free Trial Runs For A Month, Price Unrevealed; Playstation VR Nears 1 Million Units Sold Goal
HTC announced during CES 2017 that a subscription service will be implemented for Viveport. The online marketplace aims to provide an easier way for its consumers to experience new contents with a bigger news that it now offers free trial for a month.
Rikard Steiber, Viveport President, confirmed through Variety that the service will be launching soon and added that since the reveal of the service, there are already 14, 000 sign-ups. However, the information on how much the service would cost was not specified although he hinted that it will most likely carry a price similar to Spotify and Netflix.
HTC Vive's subscription service is available not only for consumers, but also for developers if they wish to. The studio has previously explained that they will split the revenue to 60/40, the larger part going straight to the developers and the other portion to the service.
Included in the confirmed titles so far are "Lumen," "Remembering Pearl Harbor," "Arcade Artist," and "Mars Odyssey". More updates about the Viveport subscription service are expected as Game Developers Conference 2017 is happening next week.
The Playstation VR, on the other hand, is reportedly the weakest amongst the major upcoming headsets in the market. However, experts say that it is the most famous by far. Global CEO and President Andrew House shared with New York Times the official sales figures for the device.
Playstation VR already sold 915, 000 units as of Feb. 19, four months after its release. The data from SuperData Research, meanwhile, revealed that HTC Vive and Oculus Rift were able to dispose 42, 000 and 234, 000 units respectively before 2016 ended. Both of these headsets were released seven months prior to Playstation VR availability.
Sony previously revealed that the aim was to sell one million units before April this year, and basing the projection on the statistics, it is not impossible to them to achieve the goal. They are also replenishing stocks in major retail outlets as fast as possible. Watch Virtual Reality - SteamVR featuring the HTC Vive here: