CES 2019: HTC Vive Pro Eye, Vive Cosmos VR headsets unveiled

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HTC Announces Vive Cosmos, A VR Headset That Can Seemingly be Powered by Your Phone

It's supposed to connect wirelessly to a computer - which existing HTC Vive headsets can do with a wireless adapter. If Vive can learn anything from Oculus, however, the controllers are the right place to start. Pricing has not yet been announced, though the Vive Pro without eye tracking sells for $799 for the headset alone. This year, at CES 2019, HTC has just announced an all-new PC HMD called the Vive Cosmos, as well as a precision eye-tracking enabled version of the Vive Pro called the Vive Pro Eye. "We want VR to feel less like launching apps and instead like stepping between worlds".

Vive Reality, also announced at HTC's keynote, will be the new glue that holds the platform together.

Details about how much it costs, what it can do, or when it's going to launch were not yet revealed, though HTC said on Twitter it is "coming soon". Appropriately enough, it's called the Vive Pro Eye, and it uses a technique called foveated rendering to fully render scenes where the viewer is actually looking. This should lead to improved, more realistic optics based on where your attention is in the virtual environment.

As for motion controllers, gone are the traditional Vive wands, and in are some newly-designed pieces that resemble something a lot closer to Oculus Touch, complete with tracking ring and joystick. Great for quickly browsing virtual OS menus, web tabs and suchlike. Sporting the deep blue of the Vive Pro and Eye, the Cosmo looks familiar and foreign from anything HTC has previously released. Some key benefits mentioned potential using the Eye include better product design and user research, better accessibility, increased speed of VR interactions and more efficient CPU and GPU usage.

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Other than these two exciting headsets, we're also here to tell you all about Viveport Infinity. This unlimited subscription model will give members the opportunity to save thousands of dollars on top-quality content while allowing them to discover new experiences.

With Vive Infinity you'll have access to more than 500 games AND apps rather than the usual five to 60 you get with Viveport Subscription. It'd be interesting for Viveport users, but SteamVR makes the whole idea redundant.

Finally, just before HTC wrapped up its CES 2019 press event, the company teased yet another VR headset that "aims to redefine how VR is accessed".

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