With the era of consumer VR now upon us, as products like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive welcome users into high-quality virtual worlds the likes of which they’d previously only dreamt about, exciting new opportunities are unfolding before companies and content creators looking to tap into the burgeoning VR market. Encouraging their efforts isn’t just good for users, giving them more to do with their VR hardware, but also the companies behind such devices, helping them to move more headset. That’s why HTC is helping lead a team interested in funding some of these next-gen VR experiences, as it announces its $100m Vive X accelerator program.
Vive X is intended to hook interested companies up with not just the funding they’ll need to make their VR-based projects reality, but to connect them with the sort of expert advice and access to VR tech they’ll need in order to reach their potential.
HTC is getting things started with programs for startups in Beijing, Taipei, and San Francisco, but Vive X should be coming to even more cities in the future. The effort is widely focused across anything and everything VR: that includes actual VR content, tools that enable other creators to build their own worlds, and even hardware accessories designed to enhance the VR experience.
Select startups will be invited to apply for Vive X beginning next month, as the Beijing pilot gets underway.