Over 200 games are now available for Oculus Rift owners in the HTC Viveport store, meaning a greater choice of experiences and the opportunity to compare prices, or to access content through Viveport’s subscription model.
In a step forward for cross-platform play in virtual reality, HTC and Valve have decided to allow users of the competing Oculus Rift VR headset (owned by Facebook) to buy and download games and apps through the HTC Viveport store.
Until now, Oculus Rift users have access to a range of titles from both Oculus’ own storefront and the Steam store. But the opportunity to do some comparison shopping between Steam, Oculus’ storefront, and the Viveport will always be welcome, as well as presenting the possibility of more cross-platform experiences going forward.
HTC’s Viveport also has a subscription service model, giving users access to games and apps for a monthly fee of $19.99 for three months, $39.99 for six, and $79.99 for a year. Oculus owners now have access to this, too.
However, not all of the titles on the Viveport store will be compatible with the Oculus Rift. Of the 1,400 experiences available through Viveport, only 226 are confirmed as playable on the Oculus Rift by way of being tagged with an Oculus Rift symbol.
Alongside the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift, the other major platform for virtual reality games is Sony’s PlayStation VR. Unfortunately, given the company’s approach to Fortnite cross-platform play and the decision not to allow easy interaction with the Xbox One, Switch, Mac, PC, or mobile devices, it seems unlikely that VR users will get a truly one-size-fits-all storefront any time soon.