HTC announces Vive Pro Eye and Vive Cosmos VR headsets

HTC announces Vive Pro Eye and Vive Cosmos VR headsets

HTC Vive Cosmos developer kits will arrive early this year, with general availability and pricing info to be revealed later in 2019. Firefox Reality was initially released on Android-based VR headsets, including Oculus Go, Google Daydream and HTC Vive Focus as well as other headsets using HTC's Vive Wave platform.

For now, HTC has stated that Cosmos requires not external trackers which means that the headset should be utilizing a method called inside-out tracking. The Vive Pro Eye's standout feature is eye-tracking technology which will offer numerous benefits to VR gamers as well as enterprise customers.

That's ranged from a belief that this brand could take on the iPhone with the HTC Desire (which it did) to charting new territory into virtual worlds with the Vive headset (which offered a possible, exciting view of the future rather than an wonderful product we could buy right now). This renders sharp images for wherever the human eye is looking in a virtual scene and reduces the image in the periphery.

Virtual reality is taking off in a big way. Instead, the Vive Pro Eye will blur those sections of the image, saving processing power.

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The catch is that the headset will track what you're looking at, using those data points for analytics.

The new headset builds integrated eye tracking into the Vive Pro, making foveated rendering a built-in experience rather than a pricey add-on. The accompanying bumpf doesn't really make things any clearer, but it sounds like a new interface and tutorial system that will presumably do a better job of easing people into VR than the Vive does now.

This is where the Vive Cosmo comes in. For example, the VR software Lockheed Martin uses to train new pilots will use eye tracking to examine reaction times and focus. Not only that, the new headset can also be used with either smartphone and PC which made it rather versatile.

Finally, HTC also announced an exciting update for members of the Viveport subscription service: starting on Vive Day, April 5, 2019, Viveport will move to an unlimited subscription model known as Viveport Infinity.

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