Three months ago Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC wouldn’t have been considered as a major player in the virtual reality (VR) space. That changed on 1st March 2015, however, as the company announced that it was working with none other than Valve to produce the HTC Vive, a new PC-based head-mounted display (HMD) that takes full advantage of the latter’s SteamVR system. While much of the official word and news on the HTC Vive has come from Valve itself since that announcement, it’s recently been revealed that HTC is looking for its own Developer Evangelist to work with the technology.
As listed on Gamasutra, HTC has a job opening for a Developer Evangelist to come on board the company’s HTCdev team in Seattle, Washington. HTCdev works to empower developers creating on the company’s platforms. The role will involve providing ‘technical knowledge, tools and resources’ to the company’s development offerings. The successful applicant will be the ‘primary VR technical contact’ on the team.
“This individual will support HTC business objectives and act as a support resource and subject matter expert on all relevant development topics to drive the creation of innovative solutions and applications through the developer community,” the listing reads. “This individual will be a key contributor in engaging and supporting developers and partners, elevating HTC technology, and capturing developer mindshare for HTC globally.”
Valve is currently running signs ups for studios to apply for a free Developer Edition of the HTC Vive. These kits are expected to ship ‘very, very soon‘ and will be doing so throughout this summer. The consumer version of the device will then be launching in time for holiday 2015, with teams then able to buy that version, which will also act as a dev kit. The device offers Room-Scale tracking, in which users can walk around an area of up to 15-feet by 15-feet and have those movements replicated within an experience.
VRFocus will continue to follow the HTC Vive closely, reporting back with the latest updates on its progress.