HTC Announces Vive Wave VR Open Platform

By Andrew Fenn

HTC has announced Vive Wave, “a VR open platform and toolset that will open up the path to easy mobile VR content development and high-performance device optimisation for third-party partners”.

The new platform was revealed at this year’s Vive Developer Conference, where 12 hardware partners—360QIKU, Baofengmojing, Coocaa, EmdoorVR, Idealens, iQIYI, Juhaokan, Nubia, Pico, Pimax, Quanta and Thundercomm—pledged their support for Vive Wave and the Viveport VR content platform.

HTC claims that Vive Wave is “a clear step forward in bringing together the highly fragmented mobile VR market” and “saves tremendous efforts by allowing developers to create content for a common platform and storefront across disparate hardware vendors”. The follow is a quote from HTC’s press release, describing Vive Wave in further detail.

The Vive Wave VR SDK is intended to offer an open interface that enables interoperability between numerous mobile VR headsets and accessories, with Viveport as the content platform for compatible devices. This aims to allow VR content developers to more efficiently and attentively develop content while offering them a broader reach of potential customers across multiple vendors. Meanwhile, hardware partners are expected to be able to focus on true device innovation versus fundamental VR optimization, with access to much needed quality VR content through the Viveport platform.