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Two New HTC Vive VR Headsets Announced At CES 2019

11 January, 2019, 06:12 | Author: Joanna Little
  • The Vive Pro Eye incorporates eye-tracking.                  HTC

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 company announced that its introducing fovated rendering software into the mix using Nvidia's new RTX technology to create sharper images in VR by drastically reducing the resolution around areas in the wearer's peripheral vision. To this end, the HTC Vive Pro Eye will be primarily focused on enterprise customers rather than the general videogame buying public, and will likely have a suitable price tag to match when it arrives in Q2 2019.

This was the first of many announcements made during HTC's presentation.

HTC's smartphone making arm may not be doing so well recently, but the Taiwanese company's Vive division is still one of the pioneers of the VR headset space.

The new Vive Pro Eye adds eye-tracking to the high-end Vive Pro headset, allowing users to access gaze-oriented menus without using controllers. 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 didn't get many details during the show, but it sounds as if the Cosmos will be able to hook up to your PC for a high-fidelity experience, or be detached for a more mobile use-case. Through foveated rendering, VR can put less demand on the hardware that's powering the experience.

With built-in eye tracking, there are a variety of new possibilities at hand for VR.

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Similar to other Vive headsets, Cosmos can be powered by a gaming PC. 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.

However, out of all the VR headsets, the HTC Vive has also seemed the most promising.

This is huge, because with the current status of VR content, once you're done playing games like Superhot VR, Moss in VR, and Fallout 4 VR, it often feels like there's not much left to do. Navigation is undertaken with the Vive controllers, which will be in their second-generation for the launch of the Cosmos. "We'll have more to share in the coming months".

Amazon SumerianAs part of this relationship, HTC Vive is teaming up with Amazon Sumerian to bring true web VR to the market.

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