Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Tech | By Tabitha Holland

HTC unveils Vive Pro Eye and Vive Cosmos

HTC unveils Vive Pro Eye and Vive Cosmos

This implies (but doesn't confirm) that HTC will make tools available for developers to marry the Vive Pro Eye's eye-tracking sensors with 3D-rendering engines. New this year are the HTC Vive Pro Eye eye-tracking hardware, Viveport Infinity games pass subscription, Vive Reality experience and Cosmos VR headset. This essentially means one can choose an option or move from section of an app to another by just gazing, instead of using physical buttons. To demonstrate this, Major League Baseball (MLB) debuted eye tracking on the Vive Pro Eye at CES by integrating the tech into its MLB Home Run Derby VR app. Users can fully navigate the menu system without a traditional control, using just their eyeballs.

"What VR intenders say about VR today is that it's too hard to use, too hard to set up, that they couldn't take with them". They actually remind us of the controllers for the Oculus Quest headset. Guess it going to take a while before we able to see the new VIVE Cosmos at retail stores then.

Starting Vive Day, April 5, 2019, members can download and play any of the 500+ titles in the Viveport Infinity library with no restrictions. HTC has unveiled four other different headsets such as Vive, Vive Pro, Vive Focus, and Vive Cosmos.

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

However, what we do know is that it will be a step up from the Viveport VR games subscription.

But no matter how great VR may be, we have to come back to reality sometime. The HTC VIVE Pro Eye launches in the second quarter of 2019.

A key component to Vive Reality is Origin, a sort of hub overworld that will be the first place you go to when you put on the headset.

That said, it's unusual to see eye-tracking siphoned off to its own Vive headset model and not included with the Vive Cosmos - especially if the Vive Cosmos is a PC/mobile hybrid of sorts.

Comfort is another aspect that VR headsets continually try to improve on and, for that, HTC is working on the new VIVE Cosmos. Be sure to stay tuned in to Windows Central for more updates about all the news around HTC Vive! Interestingly, HTC is also making it available not only on the Chinese-only Wave VR platform but even on the rivaling Oculus Rift.

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