Last week, the HTC Vive showed off its vision of the metaverse in a short video demo, and let's just say it wasn't very well received. With the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2022 opening today for the first time in some time, Vive officially unveiled the Viverse and the actual components that will contribute to the platform.
Much like Viveport, Viveport will be a hardware-agnostic platform, so you can enjoy virtual reality on devices like the new Vive Flow, PCs, tablets and even smartphones. Accessing Viverse is as easy as opening a browser, and that's exactly how MWC attendees demoed it.
The key to accessing Vivese is the Vive Browser and Vive Connect. As you might expect, the Vive Browser is a new VR-based web browser that supports Web3 login, WebXR and WebAssembly, while Vive Connect serves as a cross-platform hub from which you can access the various worlds, games and apps that make up Vive Connect serves as a cross-platform hub from which you can access the various worlds, games and apps that make up Viverse. Another important aspect is Vive Guardian, a tool unique to Vive Flow, so parents, guardians and teachers can control what their teens view with the device.
As mentioned earlier, Viverse is designed around an open ecosystem, so the HTC Vive works with companies like Engage, VRChat, and other reality museums. What would a metaverse platform be without avatars and cryptocurrencies? The new Vive Avatar tool allows for the creation of a single avatar that can be used in the Vivese realm, plus you can manage and store NFT and digital assets using WalletConnect.
"Viverse is the next chapter in our vision for Vive Reality. Vive is our brand, which means 'life,' and Verse refers to the chapter of life. Vivese delivers a seamless experience that can be accessed on any device, anywhere, and is enabled by HTC's years of investment in virtual and augmented reality, high-speed connectivity, artificial intelligence and blockchain technology. We invite our partners to join us on his amazing journey to the Internet of Being," said HTC co-founder and chairman, Xuehong Wang, in a statement.
You can now access Vivese through your Android device or choose an HTC Vive headset like Vive Flow. For ongoing updates on the metaverse, keep reading gmw3.