HTC's new Vive Pro Eye headset features built-in eye tracking

11 January, 2019, 06:13 | Author: Shawn Conner
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In conjunction with a ton of other VR announcements, HTC today revealed a new eye-tracking variant of its $799 Vive Pro virtual reality headset. More importantly, eye-tracking allows for Dynamic Foveated Rendering, drastically reducing the performance overhead for VR by rendering areas you aren't actively looking at in lower fidelity. This essentially means one can choose an option or move from section of an app to another by just gazing, instead of using physical buttons.

During the January 8-11 CES, one of the largest consumer electronics exhibitions in the world, American Major League Baseball (MLB), a VR development partner of HTC, will demonstrate the Vive Pro Eye by incorporating MLB Run Derby VR gaming software, according to the Taiwanese firm. A VR experience created to work with practically no cables or attachments. Just ask the Major League Baseball (MLB) that debuted the feature in their "MLB Home Run Derby VR" game. "We believe Cosmos will make VR more easily accessible to those who may not have invested in VR before and also be a superior experience for VR enthusiasts".

In addition to the subscription, HTC opened the doors and announced its next VR headset, HTC Cosmos.

This is where the Vive Cosmo comes in. The VR subscription platform will be essentially the "Netflix" for VR games.

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There aren't enough details though - not for Vive Reality, not Vive Cosmos, not Vive Pro Eye, none of it. Oculus has mastered the art of revealing new products. There's no pricing yet, but it's supposed to launch in the second quarter of 2019. At the very least we know it's coming.

As for the AWS partnership, HTC said it will integrate Sumerian with Viveport for publishing VR content and applications.

The Vive Cosmos briefly appeared on HTC's CES presentation and based on its short appearance the Cosmos is HTC's take at more mainstream VR headsets. The new Cosmos headset boasts portability, ease of use and has the potential to be even stronger than the usual gaming PCs. The company's original HTC Vive garnered a lot of early excitement, but a series of aggressive price cuts from Facebook's Oculus forced the company into a rough spot trying to find hardware margins in the less price-sensitive enterprise market. 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.

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