HTC kicked off its CES 2019 presence with two significant product reveals: the HTC Vive Pro Eye (which is a new virtual reality headset for PCs) and the HTC Cosmos (which is an untethered VR headset that will work with smartphones or PCs). The device itself is relatively similar to the Vive Pro, HTC's professional high-end tethered fare, but there's one key new feature that could make all the difference to how we interact with, and even render, VR worlds.
Vive Cosmos will come with the debut of Vive Reality System, which offers "core software experiences for a new age of spatial computing". "VR and AR need to be about experiences, not applications", he said.
Leece continued by saying "By integrating eye tracking technology into Home Run Derby VR, we are able to transport this transformative baseball experience to any location without additional controllers needed". HTC adds that users no longer have to point with the controllers, making manoeuvres faster and more intuitive. Here's everything we know so far. It hasn't yet said how much that price will cost but HTC is launching a new Viewport Infinity subscription.
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The Vive Pro Eye wasn't the only new headset HTC showed off. HTC also teased an all-new headset called the Vive Cosmos. That's probably the most interesting hook for the Vive Cosmos. Instead, the Vive Pro Eye will blur those sections of the image, saving processing power.
The Vive Pro Eye is slated to launch in the second quarter of 2019 and will probably be more expensive than the Vive Pro, which retails for $799. More info will be available "in the coming months", according to the company. "Built with comfort in mind, the Cosmos headset has lighter materials, it's easier of set up and can be used to access your virtual world whenever your life". A few years ago when the original HTC Vive and Oculus Rift hit the market, they passed the proof of concept test in ways stuff like the Virtual Boy never did. Cosmos can still also be powered by a PC or a laptop, but it seems like mobile will be the next steps for VR functionality.
The Vive Cosmos is the other new VR headset unveiled by HTC which has a more mass-market appeal to it and is designed easily of use and module-based customization in mind. In a deal with the Mozilla Foundation, Firefox becomes the default browser in all HTC VR headsets, while under a separate deal, HTC will leverage Amazon.com Inc.