HTC Vive Pro Eye - Hands On at CES 2019

Ruben Fields
January 12, 2019

HTC was also present at the Congress, and the company unveiled two new HTC VR headsets - HTC Cosmos and HTC Vive Pro Eye. Whether you're new to VR or familiar, a fantastic voyage awaits.

You'll soon be able to use eye tracking technology to improve your VR experience. In addition, VIVEPORT, HTC's global app store for VR content, announced unlimited subscription access with Viveport Infinity so all the best content is available at any time. Do you think eye tracking is the future of VR?

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The HTC Vive Pro Eye comes with a gaze-tracking menu navigation feature with which the images "follows" the direction a user is looking.

Starting Vive Day, April 5, 2019, members can download and play any of the 500+ titles in the Viveport Infinity library with no restrictions. "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".

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The HTC Vive Cosmos is the second VR headset which the company has announced at the ongoing CES 2019 event.

Probably the most interesting hardware announcement came in the form of the HTC Vive Cosmos which is being described as a "consumer-friendly" headset which will be easier to set up for the average consumer.

While there's now no information about how much the headset will cost, what its full capabilities are, or when it will be released, HTC said it would be "coming soon", with development kits to be offered sometime in early 2019.

The Vive Pro Eye from HTC will incorporate the use of eye tracking technology. "We want VR to feel less like launching apps and instead like stepping between worlds", says Drew Bamford, VP, Creative Labs, HTC Vive. Vive owners will also get access to Firefox Reality's "immersive web experiences" - games and other activities that are available through the browser's homepage.

The HTC Vive Cosmos will be the first device to operate on the Vive Reality platform.

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