Eye-tracking Vive VR headset headlines HTC's CES 2019 showcase

Vive Pro Eye showcasing MLB Home Run Derby VR

At the same time as the hardware announcements, HTC confirmed that it was expanding its Viveport software subscription service to include the all-you-can-eat Netflix-style option which was missing at launch.

During its VIVE press conference earlier today, HTC has unveiled its next virtual reality headset called VIVE Cosmos. Over 1,000 new games have been introduced to the platform since then.

The Vive Cosmos is described as a "new premium PC VR system, and a vision of the virtual future".

'We found that over 85 percent of VR intenders believe that ease of use and set up is the most important factor to consider while purchasing a headset, ' claims HTC Vive's Daniel O'Brien, focusing on the confirmation that the Vice Cosmos won't require any external tracking base stations.

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So, it's clearly going to work with a smartphone. This renders sharp images for wherever the human eye is looking in a virtual scene and reduces the image in the periphery. Another notable feature of the Vive Cosmos is customization, with HTC promising that the company will keep upgrading the device with a wide array of modules that will be showcased soon. Why hint at something that consumers will get the most excited about and then not elaborate any further?

It's clearly an eyelash-flutter to gamers, telling them that HTC still cares for them, but didn't tell them why they should stay interested. While the Cosmos features inside-out tracking, the HTC Vive Pro Eye brings you "foveated rendering" to change the way you'll look at games and apps in virtual reality (VR) forever. And even within that savvy sphere folks seemed mixed on whether or not strapping a headset to your face to enter new worlds through the power of technology is a concept that's ready for primetime. The result of this partnership is Firefox Reality, a native VR browsing experience. There haven't been any updates on pricing yet, but it will be supported with the Vive, Rift, and Focus.

In a video released by HTC, we can see the Cosmos with a phone. HTC claims that the new Vive VR headset, meant for professional VR use cases, will drastically enhance the user experience by eliminating the need for controllers and using the eye movements for executing commands, which can prove to be particularly useful when it comes to VR gaming.

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