Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Industry | By Kenny Hampton

Vive Pro Eye is the first eye-tracking VR headset

Vive Pro Eye is the first eye-tracking VR headset

HTC has revealed the Vive Pro Eye, a new version of its virtual reality headset that it describes as "an evolution in the enterprise VR space".

HTC's virtual reality division, Vive, has announced new high-end tethered and self-contained virtual reality devices, the Vive Pro Eye and Vive Cosmos respectively, along with new software offerings including an all-you-can-eat software subscription. The Vive Pro Eye, meanwhile, will launch in the second quarter at an as-yet unconfirmed price. From a user standpoint, games and apps could use your vision to make menus more intuitive. This is in contrast to the existing roster of VR headsets like the HTC Vive Pro and the Oculus Rift.

The successor to the current Vive Pro, the Vive Pro Eye comes with a built-in eye-tracking mechanism which makes VR headset experience, a little more realistic. There's still a whole lot of questions to be asked about the VIVE Cosmos, and it's unclear when those questions will get answered.

We also noticed through the teaser video above that Cosmos also features the highly useful flip-up design. It's possible that the release of the Cosmos could lead to a further discount of the Vive, making high-quality VR accessible to more people, but we'll have to wait and see what HTC has planned. Dynamic Foveated Rendering would theoretically boost performance of those mobile experiences a not-insignificant amount.

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Users have a chance to try out the Vive Pro Eye at CES 2019. These latest advancements in premium VR not only offer best-in-class technology and content but strive to redefine how VR is accessed and experienced for both consumers and enterprise. HTC must be just teasing us intending to go forward with a proper launch at a later event.

The Cosmos doesn't require external sensors and uses fully tracked motion controllers. While the exact specs of the headset are still a mystery, the main focus of the Vive Cosmos is simplicity. One of HTC's "major" announcements at CES is Viveport Infinity, which restructures the subscription into a more traditional model, allowing you to access all the games on the service for a flat monthly fee. Instead, the Vive Pro Eye will blur those sections of the image, saving processing power.

But no matter how great VR may be, we have to come back to reality sometime.

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