HTC to give Vive app developers 100% of app revenue for the rest of 2017
HTC is hoping that lower priced apps results in higher sales of the Vive system. And do not discount the timing. HTC is putting the carrot on the stick of these app developers just before the holiday shopping season begins. Both the Vive itself, and individual apps, could be found under Christmas Trees and inside Chanukah gift boxes this year. The Viveport Store opened last year and the number of apps available has soared from 60 to over 1,000. 26,000 developers have signed up.
HTC is also allowing arcade operators who charge customers for the hourly use of the HTC Vive, to keep 70% of the revenue generated by arcade sales for the remainder of this year. Previously, the gross was split 50-50. The Viveport Arcade Manager has been in trials in 15 countries and now allows arcades to offer over 700 titles. Additionally, a new Viveport Scene SDK is being offered to developers. The kit will enable them to create effects that get users interested in trying out a certain game or app.
As we told you last week, HTC is working on a stand alone version of the Vive called the Vive Focus. Unlike the original Vive, the Vive Focus doesn't need to be connected to a computer, and is powered by the Snapdragon 835 chipset. In the U.S., the Focus will support Google's Daydream VR platform. We could hear more about this device on October 4th.