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New on Viveport: Pyro VR, Calcflow and Inception

This week on Viveport love is of course in the air, so if you need a way to express your love for explosions, math equations and... 360 video... then we have some apps for you!   Pyro VR Sometimes a title is all you need, isn't it? As the developers, Virtual Light VR, put it - are you ready to blow some sh*t up?? To quote them further...   Let your creativity run wild! Create your own shows using a multitude of different fireworks and explosives. Be extravagant! Line up and connect fire

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Introducing Vive Video!

HTC Creative Labs presents Vive Video—a video player for virtual reality. With support for 2D, 3D, 180˚ and 360˚ content, Vive Video turns your personal video library into a virtual home theater.   Virtual reality adds a delightful, immersive element to watching videos regardless of the format you choose. While viewing 2D videos, you can resize the screen to fill your entire field of view, orient it to your gaze, and even turn off the ambient lighting for a truly cinematic experience. Things g

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Vive Opens Tracker Applications for Developers and Creative Studios

It’s time to get creative. Two weeks ago we debuted the Vive Tracker, which allows developers and accessory manufacturers to bring new form factors to VR with full motion tracking. As part of the news, we announced that we’d kick-start development of the Vive ecosystem by seeding 1,000 Vive Trackers to the developer and creative community.   Starting today, we’re accepting applications for the initial batch of Trackers. Applications will be open through February 7.  That’s two weeks to tell us

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VR for Impact

   We’re thrilled to announce that, in support of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, we are starting a $10 million program, VR for Impact, dedicated to showing how VR can lead to positive impact and change. We know that VR provides a tremendous opportunity to develop and share ideas in impactful ways that can lead to change, and through VR for Impact, we will fund and support content and technologies that create the most powerful experiences to transform our world.   The Uni

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World Premiere: My Brother’s Keeper

We’re excited to share that PBS’s Digital Studio’s My Brother’s Keeper will be premiering at our exhibit on VR on the Mountain.        My Brother’s Keeper is a companion piece to the PBS’ primetime Civil War series Mercy Street. The second season debuts on January 22 on the network.   The nine-minute film tells the story of two estranged brothers, Ethan, 19, and Jackson, 16, who are fighting on opposite sides of the Civil War and unknowingly reunite at Antietam, the bloodiest battle in A

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VR on the Mountain

PBS and TIME-LIFE VR Experiences Part of Viveport’s VR on the Mountain Lineup  HTC Vive and Viveport are bringing a lineup of apps to one of the entertainment industry’s biggest events to showcase the range of experiences possible in virtual reality. The team is heading to Park City, Utah to exhibit at VR on the Mountain, a virtual reality hub taking place January 20-22.   The Vive lineup at VR on the Mountain shows how major media companies and entertainment talent are bringing creative id

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VIVE Unveils New Accessories and Subscription Service at CES

   Vive is kicking off a huge presence at CES 2017, by introducing two new accessories and new services that will lay the foundation of the VR ecosystem for years to come.    If you’re a current or future VR owner, there are a lot of things to be thankful for this New Year. Available in Q2 2017, the Vive Tracker and Vive Deluxe Audio Strap are all new accessories that will greatly enhance your Vive experience, and we’re expecting wireless accessories to be available in 2017.  In addition, V

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Talking Arcade Saga

 Arcade Saga was recently released on Steam and is as the first ever game published by Vive Studios. Developed by 2 Bears Studio, an internal HTC team, we decided to sit down with David Sapienza and J Epps - neither of whom are bears - to talk about the development of this fast paced, energetic retro-styled VR experience.   Hello 2 Bears! Tell us about yourself and a little about your careers.   David Sapienza: I'm Executive Producer of Arcade Saga. I’ve worked on 30-plus games throughout

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Viveport Holiday Sale

     Happy Holidays from the team here at Viveport! To celebrate, we’re offering two special bundles for the next week. (12/20 11:59pm PT – 12/28 11:59pm PT)   First up is the Best of Viveport Bundle. Featuring 8 apps nominated for the Viveport Developer Awards, this bundle highlights some of the best VR content available. Altogether, the bundle offers 50% off the full value of these apps purchased separately.   Arcade Artist Cloudlands: VR Minigolf Fantastic Contraption Firebird – L

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VDA Q&A: A Chair in a Room: Greenwater

   You've been nominated for a Viveport Developer Award! How do you feel?   Ryan Bousfield, Director: It's amazing to be recognised for the hard work and to see that people are enjoying the experience. Where did the idea for A Chair in a Room come from?   Initially it was just a way to make the most of the limitations of the early VR headsets - you couldn’t do anything but look around from a set position. So it made sense to put the player on 'A Chair in a Room' and bring the action to

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VDA Q&A: PaintLab

   You've just been nominated for a Viveport Developer Award... how do you feel?   Bart Burkhardt, LAB4242: I feel very honored and excited!   Where did the idea for PaintLab come from?   I remember when I was young going to the library looking for books about stereo photography. It was like I was naturally attracted to this technology.   This was amplified when I got a ViewMaster from my father, I still remember it, it made a deep impact on me. I also remember that I was fascinated a

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Introducing our VDA jury

    It's time to reveal our eight person jury, who will be voting on the nominees for the first-ever Viveport Developer Awards (VDAs).   These eight jurors, along with your Viveport Community Choice vote, will determine the ultimate winners of a total of $500,000 in cash and prizes that will be revealed in January 2017.   Twenty apps were nominated for their pioneering work in VR that best represent four of the key pillars of the Viveport platform: Explore, Experience, Create and Connect.

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Remembering Pearl Harbor

 Premiering today on Viveport, Remembering Pearl Harbor is a VR experience created in partnership with Time Inc., Deluxe VR and AMD.    This narrative VR experience will transport you inside key moments of Pearl Harbor's aftermath through historically authentic and fully interactive VR environments. Narrated by one of the oldest living survivors from this tragic event, Lt. Jim Downing, this VR experience has been created with the hope that it will bring a new understanding of this event to a

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VDA Q&A: Kodon

     You've just been nominated for a Viveport Developer Award, how do you feel?   Glorious! We are still an early access app, so to be considered in this category is a great honor.   Where did the idea for Kodon come from?   The idea was based on our own development team's need to create 3D models. The supreme user experience provided by the Vive seemed to be the perfect combination. We made a demo video on Reddit that caused a lot of attention, and many people asked us to release an

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VDA Q&A: The Night Café

   You’ve just been nominated for a Viveport Developer Award - how do you feel?   Mac Cauley, Borrowed Light Studios: It's an honor to be nominated for the Viveport Developer Awards with so much great content coming out every day that is pushing the boundaries of VR. I think VR as a medium has so much potential to open up new ways for people to express themselves and share ideas. I feel lucky to be a part of this discovery process and to be able to explore the possibilities that lie ahead.

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Black Friday bargains start now!

    For those of you in the US - Happy Thanksgiving! To kick off the holiday celebrations, we’re pleased to announce our Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals.   Save on HTC Vive     On both Black Friday and Cyber Monday wherever Vive is sold, you will save $100 (£100/€100 or equivalent local currency) either directly off the price, or through an in-store coupon, while supplies last.    Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are available online and in all retail locations where Vive is

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VDA nominees expand to 16!

Today we're announcing another four VDA nominees as we enter the final days of judging. These four titles will transport you to new worlds, allow you to create and experience places you might never go in real life. We're proud to welcome them, taking our total nominations to 16.   The nominees are:      Kodon, by TenkLabs      The Night Cafe: A VR Tribute to Van Gogh, by Borrowed Light Studios      Realities, by realities.io      World of Diving, by Vertigo Games   Congra

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VDA Q&A: Firebird: La Péri

  Congratulations, you’ve just been nominated for a Viveport Developer Award. How do you feel?   We are super happy! A tremendous amount of work and care has been put in by the whole team in France and in the US to bring Firebird : La Péri to life, and it feels terrific to know that our experience is being nominated alongside other great pieces! Where did the idea for Firebird: La Péri come from?   It all came from Paul Duka's music, which essentially became the script for the whole exper

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VDA Q&A: SurrealVR

    You’ve just been nominated for a Viveport Developer Award. How do you feel?   It’s a great honor, of course. VR is simply the most exciting field of work right now, and to be nominated in the space by the folks that have built the best platform available today is just a great feeling.   Where did the idea for SurrealVR come from?   We came from a social gaming background, and we’ve always known that combining social, gaming and virtual reality will create an unbeatable combination.

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VDA Q&A: Fantastic Contraption

    Congratulations, you’ve just been nominated for a Viveport Developer Award. How do you feel?   We're super honored to be selected! I hope awards like the VDAs help bring attention to all the diverse and wonderful VR experiences coming out this year.   Where did the idea for Fantastic Contraption come from?   The idea for the original 2008 2D Fantastic Contraption actually came from a dream! It was to turn a Rube Goldberg machine inside out: instead of creating a complex environment

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Announcing our third group of VDA nominees!

Eight fantastic VR titles have already been announced as Viveport Developer Award (VDA) nominees, all potentially able to share in $500,000 worth of prizes. Today we're adding to that total with four more titles, all great examples of how you can explore worlds, create things, connect with friends and experience stories in VR, via Viveport.   The nominees are:    SurrealVR, by SurrealVR   Firebird - La Peri, by InnerspaceVR   (A note for anyone who picked up Firebird - La Peri in our

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VDA Q&A: Cloudlands: VR Minigolf

     You’ve just been nominated for a Viveport Developer Award - how do you feel?   It's an incredible honor to be nominated for a Viveport Developer Award. The entire development team is ecstatic as this is something very much unexpected. Congratulations and good luck to all of the other nominees.   Where did the idea for Cloudlands: VR Minigolf come from?   When we got our hands on one of the first HTC Vive prototypes we went on a prototyping spree of about 10 different unique-to-mot

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VDA Q&A: Allumette

     You’ve just been nominated for a Viveport Developer Award, how do you feel?   Wow, this is such a nice surprise! Viveport has been such a generous partner to us, and we feel extremely honored! Where did the idea for Allumette come from?   Loosely inspired by The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen, Allumette is an account of the love family members have for one another, and the sacrifices and choices they make for the greater good.   Tell us something about Allumette th

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VDA Q&A: Arcade Artist

 You’ve just been nominated for a Viveport Developer Award, how do you feel? It feels amazing to be nominated. As an artist and creator it is wonderful to be recognized. We put so much time and love and energy into our work and it's great to have that be appreciated. Where did the idea for Arcade Artist come from? We wanted to make a world that you could feel transported to and also create something that was just a fun escape. I love the feeling of holding a tool in your hand in VR and bein

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VDA Q&A: Mars Odyssey

You’ve just been nominated for a Viveport Developer award - how do you feel?   We’re exhausted! Also very excited that Mars Odyssey has been well received. We’re very proud of the team and the passion project they’ve brought to life.   Where did the idea for Mars Odyssey come from?   We’ve always had a strong passion for education and science. Joshua Qualtieri, one of our studio co-founders, studied Astrophysics in college with the goal of eventually working for NASA on their Mars missions

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