Oculus Quest Won’t Have Vive Subscription Service

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The new Oculus Quest virtual reality headset is on the way later with its official release date coming this month. The new tech item has already received promising reviews and could sway more people towards virtual reality. However, it isn’t expected to include a key VR subscription service when it arrives.

As reported by Variety on Friday (May 3), Viveport Infinity will not be available for the new Oculus Quest. Viveport president Rikard Steiber indicated the popular service would be missing earlier this week during an interview on Reddit. The Variety website confirmed this with an HTC spokesperson.

HTC’s Viveport is a subscription service for virtual reality. For a $12.99 per month subscription charge, subscribers can access over 500 virtual reality games and apps. The service is going to be featured on the Oculus Rift S, Facebook’s newest headset. It will also be available for the Index VR headset from Valve.

HTC’s Vive was originally a virtual reality headset that first went out to consumers in June of 2016. Last November, the company unveiled the Vice Focus with a starting price of $599. There was also an upgraded version of Vive Focus shown at CES 2019 in January called Vive Focus Eye, as well as a new model called Vive Cosmos. A release date is still not official for the Cosmos.

It may not be the biggest loss for Facebook’s new tech item. While the Vive subscription service offers a wide catalog of apps or games, some users may find it lacking. There are those who believe Vive really only has a handful of games or apps that are relevant or worth using. Facebook may also be able to take advantage of other content providers to work with their headsets.

As far as the Oculus Quest, a release date of May 21 has been pegged for the launch. Prices are $399 to $499 for the 64GB and 128GB models of the new headsets, respectively. However, a recent report indicated that there have been a bunch of the headsets that already went out to specific customers.

In a separate story from Venture Beat, it was revealed that Walmart mistakingly shipped out some Oculus Quest headset pre-orders earlier. While there were customers able to post images of the product they received, Facebook later provided a statement via a spokesperson. Basically, the Oculus Quest headsets are inoperable until May 21 as the software won’t arrive until that same date.

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