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HTC to open hundreds of VR arcades

AAP logoAAP 5/11/2016

Taiwanese tech giant HTC will open hundreds of virtual reality gaming arcades in Taiwan, China, Europe and the United States by end 2017 under its Viveport Arcade program.

Rikard Steiber, president of Viveport, announced the company is developing virtual reality games for its VR devices and hopes the gaming arcades will serve to promote its virtual reality Vive headset, the Taipei Times reported.

The program will begin in Taiwan and China and then be extended to the United States and Europe.

HTC is hoping to expand its Viveport program to internet cafes, movie theatres and virtual reality centres by offering a wide range of games at affordable prices.

Last week, HTC opened a virtual reality centre called Viveland in Taipei, where the public can try its products without having to buy them first for a fee ranging from $US5 ($A6.50) to $US13 ($A17).

This year, HTC also teamed up with internet cafes in China to promote the use of virtual reality in the country.

The Taiwanese company, which has so far focused on developing and producing mobile phones, will compete with other manufacturers of virtual reality headsets.

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