Thursday, 17 January, 2019

CES 2019: HTC brings Vive Pro Eye and Vive Cosmos VR headsets

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Sherri Watson | 12 January, 2019, 22:26

As well as the launches above, VIVE has also announced the Vive Cosmos, the newst VR headset, and the Vive Reality System, created to improve the overall user experience. In addition, VIVEPORT, HTC's global app store for VR content, announced unlimited subscription access with Viveport Infinity so all the best content is available at any time.

HTC VIVE attempts to redefine the VR experience with new hardware, software and content offerings for its VR portfolio. While details were at a minimum, there was one prominent feature announced, and that's integrated eye tracking.

Although designed for the commercial space, this does open a new experience for gamers as well.

The Vive Pro Eye, which comes with built-in Tobii inside-out eye tracking technology and enhanced computing ability powered by chips from Nvidia, provide more intuitive interactions with visual control systems without controllers, O'Brien noted. You no longer require additional controllers to navigate. Tracking a user's eyes adds a new tool for developers to use in HTC Vive experiences down the road, and more importantly enables foveated rendering, a technique that prioritizes what a user is looking at.

The Vive Pro Eye is due to launch in the second quarter of 2019. With Viveport Infinity, members will be able to try hits from indie developers or shorter experiences they were reluctant to pay for while keeping their favorites like Seeking Dawn and Torn downloaded and ready to play.

While there's now no information about how much the headset will cost, what its full capabilities are, or when it will be released, HTC said it would be "coming soon", with development kits to be offered sometime in early 2019. This service is available on any Vive device plus the Oculus Rift and other devices in the Wave Eco-system. Currently, there is no word on the pricing and availability of the new HTC VR headsets, however, we will keep you updated on the same. "We want VR to feel less like launching apps and instead like stepping between worlds". These user interface improvements make Alienware Command Center easier to use.

But HTC Vive has been working on a 6DoF version, which AMD had on demonstration with an HTC Vive Focus to showcase its ReLive livestreaming technology. Also Vive Cosmos will have new controllers.