New HTC Vive Headsets Argue Virtual Reality Is Still A Thing

The Vive Pro Eye incorporates eye-tracking.                  HTC

The Vive Pro Eye incorporates eye-tracking. HTC

HTC revealed two new VR headsets during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) yesterday, with the first being Vive Cosmos, pitched as a standalone device made for home or mobile use. At its best, this allows scenes in a user's peripheral vision to be less sharp and detailed, and instead spend a system's resources on whatever object or seen the user is looking directly at. With the move, Firefox Reality is also taking the jump to the desktop, and becoming available on HTC's Vive and Vive Pro headset. As you may have guessed, Vive Pro Eye makes use of eye-tracking technology as well as featuring a gaze-tracking menu which effectively removes the need of a controller.

HTC previously offered a kit to add eye-tracking to Vive, however, the new Vive Pro Eye takes it a step further to make it an in-built headset feature.

The Vive Reality System includes both operational and experiential elements impacting the entire Vive product portfolio and experienced first on the Vive Cosmos.

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The Cosmos also sports a flip-up design, so users can quickly and easily switch between the virtual world and their real-world environment. Through foveated rendering, VR can put less demand on the hardware that's powering the experience. The Taiwanese company has introduced a new variant of the Vive Pro known as the Vive Pro Eye. This partnership enables a truly optimized browsing experience in VR for quick and easy searches, access to their favorite websites in VR for shopping, researching, surfing, watching videos and more. But unlike that Oculus headset, the Cosmos headset also comes with a surprising promise: that its 3D imagery can be powered by either "desktop PCs" or smartphones. While the exact specs of the headset are still a mystery, the main focus of the Vive Cosmos is simplicity. The VR subscription platform will be essentially the "Netflix" for VR games.

For press images and assets for all Vive CES News, please use this LINK. More info will be available "in the coming months", according to the company. Look for the upgraded Viveport Infinity on April 5. The company's original HTC Vive garnered a lot of early excitement, but a series of aggressive price cuts from Facebook's Oculus forced the company into a rough spot trying to find hardware margins in the less price-sensitive enterprise market.

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