Vive XR Suite is now available in Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan, on top of Greater China and Europe, the Middle East and Africa
HTC Vive just launched Vive XR Suite, the enterprise software bundle that combines the virtual reality offerings of several providers with its own meeting and collaboration solution, in several new markets.
Vive XR Suite is now available in Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan, on top of Greater China and Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Lite versions of the individual apps can be downloaded globally on the Viveport store, but this is the first time the full solution has been made available outside of HTC Vive’s home market.
Here’s a primer on Vive XR Suite, in case you missed its launch last year.
What is Vive XR Suite?
Vive XR Suite, announced in June 2020, combines the virtual reality offerings of Immersive VR Education, Virbela, VRChat and Museum of Other Realities (MOR).
They are known as Vive Sessions, Campus, Social and Museum, with HTC Vive’s Sync service making up the fifth app of the full solution.
Vive XR Suite will be complemented by Vive Events, the new end-to-end virtual events service that HTC Vive will offer in partnership with leading events agencies and organisers from around the world.
Vive Events will use XR Suite to “deliver all the benefits” of physical conferences, meetings and trade shows, with the convenience of video conferencing, “at a fraction of the price of traditional offline events”.
The integrated bundle provides a collection of solutions for real-time collaboration, virtual events and life-like communication, with or without a virtual reality headset.
What can Vive XR Suite do?
A secure and intuitive virtual reality tool, Vive Sync allows teams and partners to connect and collaborate in a shared virtual space. Users can customise their avatars, create a private meeting room, and begin working face-to-face with colleagues around the world.
Vive Sessions is a virtual reality solution for large-scale conferences, exhibitions and educational events, powered by Immersive VR Education’s ever-impressive Engage solution. Users can easily customise a presentation with thousands of 3D models, special effects, audio effects, and a wide selection of virtual locations.
Vive Campus, from Virbela, provides users with private, always-on virtual workspaces where they can do real work with their remote teams. Features include spatialised voice, text and emotes to enable seamless collaboration.
In Vive Social, powered by the wildly successful VRChat, users can experience a virtual universe powered by a passionate community who create and share virtual worlds, avatars, and interactive experiences. Users are able to relax, socialise and enjoy themselves in an active social environment full of entertaining, surprising and wonderful experiences.
Vive Museum, from MOR, provides a new opportunity for artists to create, showcase, and share their work with the world. It offers beautifully-designed venues, large-scale multi-person communication, and easy navigation.
Is it built for enterprise?
The full solution was designed with enterprise in mind and is the reason why a business may opt for this unified offering over the individual solutions directly from their developers. Users will benefit from a single sign-on process, cross-device support, global access, a unified user experience across the apps, customisable avatars, and enterprise management.
What if I don’t want access to every app?
Each app can also be purchased separately to suit a particular enterprise’s needs.
Can I access Vive XR Suite without a virtual reality headset?
The suite of tools is accessible via desktop, laptop and mobile devices. This means the solution has a much broader appeal beyond users of immersive hardware, although PC or standalone virtual reality devices will deliver a “superior immersive experience”, according to HTC Vive.
Where can I find out more?
HTC Vive held a virtual launch event for the solution in October 2020. You can watch it below:
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