Vive has unveiled two new accessories for enhancing the virtual reality experience, hinted at wireless accessories coming this year, and has also introduced a subscription service through Viveport this year. Both the Vive Tracker and the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap will be available in the second quarter of this year, while the subscription service being launched through Viveport will be launching in early 2017.
The Vive Tracker expands motion tracking to new form factors and accessories for the virtual reality device. Some of the accessories being shown off at CES include rifles built for VR shooters, a baseball bat, a firehose, and haptic gloves for a truly immersive VR experience. The Vive Tracker will integrate with future VR accessories, weigh under three ounces, and is roughly 4″ in diameter and 1.65″ tall. No price has been announced for the Vive Tracker as of yet.
The Vive Deluxe Audio Strap is a headstrap that features integrated, adjustable headphones. In addition, the new customizable sizing dial ensures a more comfortable and tighter fit. Again, as of yet no pricing has been announced but will be coming soon.
As for wireless accessories, the TPCast wireless adaptor offers 1 1/2 hour battery life and latency as low as 2ms. Shipping in the second quarter of 2017 as well, the TPCast will have an MSRP of $249USD.
Viveport, the app store for Vive, will launch their subscription service which will provide access to a constantly growing library of VR content for a low monthly fee. A new channel is being added to Viveport which will allow VR developers to monetize their content. More details will be coming soon, but VR fans and existing Viveport customers can sign-up today to be the first to get invited to a free trial of the subscription service when it launches at http://www.viveport.com.
Work also continues on the Viveport Arcade platform which is being designed for arcades, amusement parks, cinemas, and entertainment centers allowing people to experience high-end VR for the first time. An enterprise app store will target industrial sectors like engineering, real estate, healthcare, and retail. Content in this app store will allow developers to leverage VR to create tools and content for professionals in these areas.
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