HTC Announces Vive Eye-Tracking Technology and Game Subscription Package

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HTC is pushing its efforts in the virtual reality (VR) headset business. "The gamer-friendly, versatile design [of the new VR controllers] is useful in all sorts of VR content", HTC states. "The tools and environments that make up Vive Reality System aim to make spatial computing accessible to everyone, wherever their journey into immersive worlds takes them". The company introduced its all-new Vivo Pro Eye at the ongoing CES 2019.

HTC reported that its Cosmos VR headset would have "the capability to be powered by more than a traditional gaming PC", although that's a vague statement and the company did not offer further details. Fans can experience the new Vive Pro Eye starting in 2019.

Eye-tracking has a number of implications, all of which could bring VR to a new, heightened direction. "By integrating eye tracking technology into Home Run Derby VR, we are able to transport this transformative baseball experience to any location without additional controllers needed. Our fans simply operate menus by using their eyes".

HTC said the VIVE Eye Pro is targeted at the enterprise market for training purposes, and will be available in the second quarter of 2019. For one, it could reduce the graphics requirements of most VR apps. Launching on April 5, VivePort Infinity will allow users to sign up and gain instant access to more than 500 titles in the store. This includes titles from indie developer and shorter experiences you might not have trusted to spend your money on before. The headset does not require external sensors to track motion, allowing for it to be used in a wide variety of contexts. Currently, there is no word on the pricing and availability of the new HTC VR headsets, however, we will keep you updated on the same.

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Foveated rendering could make VR experiences feel more real because it mimics the way eyes work, where peripheral vision is naturally blurred.

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. The product is an upgrade on HTC's current VIVE Pro model.

In the framework of the global exhibition of electronics CES 2019 HTC told about prospects of development of the own device and the ecosystem of virtual reality. As part of the project, Vive announced a deal with Mozilla to launch the first Vive-dedicated VR browser.

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