HTC launches new VR gears Vive Pro Eye, Vive Cosmos

The Vive Pro Eye incorporates eye-tracking.                  HTC

HTC had quite a bit of news to drop on virtual reality users this CES, including the unveiling of Vive Pro Eye, a new integrated eye tracking hardware that will make virtual reality even more inclusive for professional VR users. Where the Pro Eye focuses on enterprise, the Cosmo has a firm target of the average consumer/enthusiast.

"We found that over 85 percent of VR intenders believe that ease of use and set up is the most important factor to consider while purchasing a headset", said Daniel O'Brien, GM, Americas, HTC Vive. Either way, this is likely to be a pretty popular virtual reality headset for VIVE, but that will depend on pricing as it always does. The Cosmos, like the Vive Pro, has been created to be upgraded over time and may even eventually be able to pair and work with a smartphone and gain wireless functionality.

Tracking the movement of a users eyes from within the headset could have a notable impact on the VR experience, namely performance and user interaction.

Changing the way you look at virtual reality.

Other than these two exciting headsets, we're also here to tell you all about Viveport Infinity.

Unfortunately, other details on the headset are still incredibly sparse, and HTC's announcement of the device was more of a teaser than a formal reveal. However, VR enthusiasts will no doubt begin tinkering with it once it's available and begin to reveal some of the gaming applications of the headset, which we're excited to see. HTC has already showcased eye controls using a Major League Baseball app called MLB Home Run Derby VR, set to launch this year.

The all-new VIVE controllers.

The Cosmos doesn't require external sensors and uses fully tracked motion controllers. A few years ago when the original HTC Vive and Oculus Rift hit the market, they passed the proof of concept test in ways stuff like the Virtual Boy never did. The Vive Pro employs what HTC calls "foveated rendering", a technology which efficiently allocates the GPU power for better image rendering and an overall sharper visual output. So to bolster that side of the equation, at CES 2019, HTC also announced its Viveport Infinity service, which aims to be a Netflix of VR of sorts. Vive have also confirmed that they are working with Mozilla to bring out the first Vive-specific VR browser.

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