Even though I was an early adopter of the Vive HMD I was never a big fan of Viveport, its online VR gaming portal. There were some good titles but mostly it was pedestrian fare… nothing to write home about.
It just didn’t excite me enough to bite.
I started getting notices and seeing things about Viveport Infinity, the online VR game subscription platform. In fact, you couldn’t miss it. Finally, I gave into the deluge and took a look at what this service was all about. Regularly $99 per year it had an introductory offer of $59 for the first year.
It also had an unlimited play of all Infinity titles versus the old subscription model of having to choose five titles a month in the hope that you picked five winners as it would be a month before you could make any changes. Not my idea of what a subscription should do and not exactly a gold standard for putting the customer first.
The main glitch… the monkey in the works was the lack of decent VR titles. Period. End of story. There just weren’t enough quality games to attract my attention.
In straight-out terms of cost, the old service comes out ahead even with the limitations that a subscription should do. Return enough value to make purchasing it a no-brainer. There just weren’t enough decent games to put it on my radar.
After seeing the special of $59 for the first year I enrolled and started scrolling through games to see what I wanted to try first. All I needed was a couple of high-priced games or a handful of medium-tier games make the subscription service pay for itself.
Alas, the first night was a bit of a disappointment mainly due to time constraints on my part. I didn’t have a lot of time to browse but in the time I took then, it got a little discouraging.
Finally, I had time to sit down and go through the game catalog. It wasn’t like it was a huge collection, but I tend to read this and that, weigh all the pros and cons of the game then talk myself out of buying it in the long run due to lack of AAA game quality.
This time I didn’t have to buy them, but old habits are hard to break, so I did my due diligence even if it wasn’t necessary and finally downloaded a few games.
Visually stunning winner at that. One that I had missed before. I’m not going to get into specific games because this is about the service, but I was already over halfway to paying for the subscription with one title that I really enjoy playing. And still do I might add.
It wasn’t long before I found another game that combined with the first exceeded the cost of the subscription.
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Remember though… this was the introductory rate of $59 per year. It would take a couple more games to make that price pay so that requires your looking through their catalog to make sure those games exist and are available on the Affinity service as not all titles are in the subscription model.
If you can find enough games to meet or exceed the annual service cost, it has paid for itself basically and you can still download and play more titles! In this regard… it’s a no brainer and I look forward to seeing if they can provide enough value to renew at $99 next year.
From the Viveport Website:
In addition to purchasing content from the VIVEPORT store, customers also have the option to enjoy unlimited premium VR content through VIVEPORT Infinity.
VIVEPORT Infinity is the world’s first unlimited VR subscription service.
VIVEPORT Infinity provides:
- unlimited access to more than 600 VR games and apps
- 14-day free trial
- cancellation at anytime
- cross platform compatibility with most VR devices such as HTC VIVE, Oculus Rift, VIVE Focus, Pico, etc.
- free access to VIVEPORT Video with premium and exclusive channels/videos
- monthly benefits such as member only discounts and deals
Infinity Monthly - $12.99 Per Month Infinity Annual - $99.00 Per Year
Free Trial Available.
M.D. McCallum, aka WarLord, is an international award-winning commercial graphics artist, 3D animator, published author, project director, and webmaster with a freelance career that spans over 20 years. Now retired, M.D. is currently working part-time on writing and select character development projects. You can learn more about MD on his website.