HTC Friday morning announced the global launch of Viveport, a virtual reality app store for the HTC Vive, after months of beta testing.

The VR store first opened in China in April, and since then teams in the Seattle area, San Francisco, Seattle, Taipei, Beijing and London having been working to get it ready for worldwide launch. As part of the global expansion of Viveport, a dozen virtual reality games will be released outside of Asia for the first time. Several titles, including theBlu — which GeekWire got a chance to try out at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January — will be offered for $1 for the next 48 hours.

“We believe Viveport is the place where you will begin your journey into new virtual reality experiences,” Rikard Steiber, president of Viveport, wrote in a blog post Friday. “Fans in over 30 countries will join us on a fantastic voyage, as they get to experience amazing VR content published by the best creators in the industry.” Read More...