Two New HTC VR Headsets, Revealed At CES 2019

Joanna Estrada
January 13, 2019

Unveiled for the first time today, Vive Cosmos is the newest VR headset from Vive, offering absolute comfort, and ease of set-up and use-ensuring consumers can access their virtual world whenever their life may call for it. With VIVE Pro Eye, a new headset with built-in eye tracking, the high-end VR experience from VIVE Pro just got even better. The company was just at CES showing off shopping and vehicle customization apps for the Vive Pro Eye, and according to those who got to try it, they worked pretty well. Everything else is rendered at a lower resolution to save on performance. Imagine pairing the eye tracking capabilities of the Vive Pro Eye with interactive haptic feedback gloves. You'll feel no distinct difference between the two when you put them on.

As we jumped into our first demo, the Vive Pro Eye walked us through a brief setup where you adjust your IPD (interpupillary distance or the distance between your pupils) and then use your eyes to follow a small red dot that appears sporadically in different locations on the screen.

"Through our exciting and innovative collaboration with Mozilla, we're closing the gap in XR computing, empowering Vive users to get more content in their headset, while enabling developers to quickly create content for consumers".

"The new Vive Pro Eye gives users new levels of accessibility, including gaze-oriented menu navigation and removing the need for controllers". That doesn't seem to be an oversight by HTC.

Theoretically, this opens the door for brand-new and more realistic VR experiences.

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. One important issue is that of tracking, especially in frantic titles like Space Pirate Trainer. It can also be powered by a desktop PC or gaming laptop.

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.

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