HTC’s Viveport Infinity readies $13/month unlimited VR subscription service

HTC Viveport Infinity launches on April 2. (HTC)

HTC’s Viveport, the app marketplace for the company’s virtual reality goggles, on Thursday announced pricing for its upcoming Viveport Infinity unlimited VR subscription service.

Infinity, which is launching April 2, will charge users either $12.99 per month or $99 per year for unlimited access to the more than 600 games and apps in the Viveport store. The company said that current members, including those with prepaid subscriptions and new members who sign up before April 2, will keep their current price through the end of 2019.

In addition to unlimited access to VR apps and games, HTC said Infinity subscribers will also get to use the newly revamped Viveport video application.

Viveport Infinity is available to both HTC Vive and Oculus Rift owners. The company said some compatible titles will also be available for standalone headsets built on Vive’s WAVE platform.

“We have built a new model for VR that shines a light on the great library of VR content this industry has developed and gives users a reason to spend more time in headset than ever before,” said Rikard Steiber, president of Viveport, in a statement. “At the same time, we’re increasing developer reach and potential revenue as more developers can monetize a single Infinity user. We believe this model matches how consumers want to experience VR.”

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Viveport is increasing the developer’s share of revenue earned to 80/20 up from 70/30 from April 1 through the end of 2019. The company said the increase in profits applies to all titles in Viveport Infinity, with the hope that more developers can monetize a single member with Viveport Infinity, increasing potential revenue for a developer.

Thursday's pricing announcement comes after HTC originally announced Viveport Infinity at CES 2019 in Las Vegas.

“…We’re announcing our next step in Viveport’s evolution with Viveport Infinity” said Steiber in January. “When we first launched our Subscription service, we gave consumers the ability to try 5 titles a month. Now with Viveport Infinity, we’re offering our members the best value in VR content with 100x more choice, all at one low price.”

Here's the promo video for the new Infinity service: