HTC has launched a free VR rival for Zoom and Teams

Estelle Sidler

Companies all over the world have resorted to video conferencing software such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams as a means of holding meetings during the coronavirus outbreak, but interacting with colleagues has proven somewhat difficult behind a webcam. Therefore, HTC has announced that the beta version of its remote collaboration […]

Companies all over the world have resorted to video conferencing software such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams as a means of holding meetings during the coronavirus outbreak, but interacting with colleagues has proven somewhat difficult behind a webcam.

Therefore, HTC has announced that the beta version of its remote collaboration and meeting platform for VR, VIVE Sync, will be available free of charge to companies and remote employees during the pandemic.

VIVE Sync, from first-party developer 2 Bears Studio and HTC, supports up to 30 participants simultaneously and provides full body tracking so that participants’ personally created avatars can communicate with their own body language.

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The platform also supports Tobii eye tracking, which is embedded in headsets like the VIVE Pro Eye, for more natural, lifelike interactions with virtual colleagues or customers.

VIVE Sync

Working with your company’s files in VR is also easy because Sync integrates with Microsoft OneDrive and OneDrive for Business and supports many popular file formats, from PowerPoints to PDFs to videos.

However, one of the biggest advantages of VIVE Sync is the ability to work with 3D content in VR. Instead of looking at 3D models on a 2D screen like other video conferencing services, Sync allows you to bring them into your virtual space with your team. The software supports FBX and OBJ files, as well as Unity Asset bundles, which makes it easy to upload, import and review all your 3D assets.

If you and your team have access to VR headsets and are tired of staring at a screen all day, you can test VIVE Sync for free starting April 30.

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