HTC's Viveport Infinity subscription offers unlimited access to VR

Joanna Estrada
January 8, 2019

With eye-tracking, users will not need a controller for specific tasks, using eye movements instead to navigate the VR world.

Today, at CES 2019, HTC took the stage to launch several new products and upgrades in its popular Vive virtual reality division.

Viveport Infinity will work across all HTC platforms including the Wave, HTC Vive and Vive Pro as well as any of Oculus' platfroms.

Unfortunately, other details on the headset are still incredibly sparse, and HTC's announcement of the device was more of a teaser than a formal reveal.

Obviously, that's about to change with the introduction of the Vive Pro Eye.

15 best VR apps for Google Cardboard, Google Daydream, and Gear VR! Plus, it comes with a flip-up design, so you can swap between reality and virtual reality instantly. However, it is still a very young industry. HTC refers to this technique as "foveated rendering".

Eye tracking can also be used in place of handheld controllers.

"We've invested in VR technology to bring fans a fun immersive experience and connection to our game and deliver a new level of engagement through VR game competitions, at-home play and in-ballpark attractions", said Jamie Leece, Senior Vice President, Games & VR, MLB in a statement.

This was presented as more of a professional tool, highlighting how BMW is using it to test where users look when checking out a "new" auto in VR, but consumers will be more interested in what's coming next.

As for the Vive Cosmos (pictured above), HTC kept mum on many details Monday, but suggested that it could be powered by "more than just a PC" while a photo of the headset in conjunction with a mobile phone flashed across the screen. Unlike the HTC Vive Pro, the Vive Cosmos features a simpler setup, removing the need for an external base station and including the ability to attach to a wider range of PCs. "We entered the market extremely well, it was well received by enterprise and professionals", said HTC Vive Americas general manager Dan O'Brien.

HTC is claiming that it's added over 1,000 titles since the last CES but not all these games are available to all users - that's why Vive is introducing Viveport Infinity - described as "the Netflix of VR". HTC did not disclose pricing for any of these new announcements.

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