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HTC VIVE to Release VIVERSE SDK for Developers

Using VIVE XR Elite to enter the virtual world in VIVERSE metaverse.

VIVERSE is HTC’s version and vision of the metaverse, built around the principles of openness and interoperability. It empowers people to create, learn, socialize, work, and play with others across a universe of shared experiences. Today, we are excited to announce the upcoming launch of VIVERSE SDK, a robust collection of tools including Avatar, Scene, Market, Account, Social, and more that developers can use to build their own unique, interactive, and interoperable experiences in mobile, PC, XR or Web App, and also enable a flexible integration to port into VIVERSE.

At an event during GDC 2023, HTC VIVE showcased features from its upcoming VIVERSE SDK in partnership with MetaCities, Solar Games, and VR JUMP. MetaCities showed the capability of porting worlds from other platforms such as AltspaceVR into VIVERSE. Solar Games showed World of Aritelia, a Web Game that uses the Avatar API to allow interoperability with different avatar formats. And VR JUMP showed Hide and Seek, a haunted house experience made with Unity using the Avatar API for customized avatars.

VIVERSE and MetaCities

VIVERSE SDK with support for Unity projects /  Web App development will be available from Q2 2023. The first release will include the following features:

  • Avatar API : A customized avatar system that can be used across mobile, PC, XR devices, and Web Apps. It supports rendering avatars into the development of Unity projects and Web Apps with minimal effort. Our Avatar API provides users with a range of full-body avatar styles to create their own personal identity, including cartoon-style avatars, realistic avatars (by uploading user photos to the VIVE Avatar smartphone app), and VRM format avatars. In addition, it includes an outfit library, and the ability to use outfit design tools to develop customized outfits.

  • Scene API: Create and import customized scenes from Unity projects into spatial experiences in VIVERSE. This feature also enables more seamless interconnection and interoperability between VIVERSE and multiple metaverse platforms for content creators and developers.

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