Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

HTC announces Vive Pro Eye, Vive Cosmos

HTC announces Vive Pro Eye, Vive Cosmos

HTC has unveiled the Vive Cosmos, a wireless virtual reality headset that's meant to be comfortable and easy-to-use. 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. The Vive Pro Eye, meanwhile, will launch in the second quarter at an as-yet unconfirmed price. This data, when tracked, enables developers and others to determine where users are looking most often, making it easier to optimize or adjust the VR experience to improve training environments, determine what holds the user's interest the most, and more.

'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, ' claims HTC Vive's Daniel O'Brien, focusing on the confirmation that the Vice Cosmos won't require any external tracking base stations. Plus, it comes with a flip-up design, so you can swap between reality and virtual reality instantly.

Instead of using hand controllers to navigate content, the headset uses "gaze-oriented menu navigation". The headset also features handheld controllers, which with the glowing circular rings, looks like something out of the movie Tron. The Vive Pro Eye has a similar design as last year's Vive Pro, though it's gotten upgrades under the hood to incorporate eye tracking. Additionally, HTC has partnered with Mozilla to make Firefox Reality the default web browser on all Vive VR headsets. In its press release, HTC provides further hints that the HMD has "the capability to be powered by more than a traditional gaming PC".

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Additionally, enterprise customers can use eye tracking to better train and evaluate users.

HTC also announced a new subscription service for Viveport called Infinite, which will give you access to 500 apps and games and any given time starting April 5. Cosmos is usable both at home or on the go, according to HTC.

Details about how much it costs, what it can do, or when it's going to launch were not yet revealed, though HTC said on Twitter it is "coming soon".

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