Thursday, 24 January, 2019

CES 2019: HTC Vive Cosmos Is The Company's Next VR Headset

No Caption Provided HTC Announces Vive Cosmos, A VR Headset That Can Seemingly be Powered by Your Phone
Katie Ramirez | 08 January, 2019, 05:37

At its CES press conference, HTC Vive just announced two new VR headsets: the HTC Vive Cosmos and HTC Vive Pro Eye.

With eye-tracking, users will not need a controller for specific tasks, using eye movements instead to navigate the VR world. The headset will also enable what is known in the industry as foveated rendering, which means that it renders the areas of an experience where users now look in high-resolution, while rendering areas that are out of focus at lower resolutions.

Following last year's introduction of the Vive Pro for business customers, HTC today unveiled the HTC Vive Pro Eye, a headset with integrated eye tracking.

Between the Quest and now Cosmos, it'll be interesting to see how VR continues to evolve from both HTC and Oculus as the devices start to move further away from requiring a PC to be powered. The newest feature is the use of foveated rendering to give you a better visual quality inside of your VR headset. Instead of your image being locked on the center of the screen, it'll follow wherever you look! So no matter where you look you're always getting a sharp image. That's right. This headset tracks your eye movements.

Virtual reality is taking off in a big way. Be sure to stay tuned in to Windows Central for more updates about all the news around HTC Vive! Until we have more information on how that data is going to be used and dispensed, I'm going to keep a hopeful mind about it. "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".

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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.

HTC Vive Cosmos developer kits will arrive early this year, with general availability and pricing info to be revealed later in 2019.

HTC first announced the Vive Pro headset at CES 2018, and has been positioning it as a device for prosumers and professionals.

Viveport Inifity launches April 5.

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