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. Both are wildly different devices for different audiences. HTC has already showcased the Vive Pro Eye's eye-tracking capabilities with an official MLB app called the MLB Home Run Derby VR that will arrive in 2019.
For everyday users, VR has been a tough sell. It announced a new VivePort Infinity plan, which it says is the world's first "infinite VR subscription". That's probably the most interesting hook for the Vive Cosmos.
While the Vive Pro Eye is aimed at the enterprise segment, the Cosmos will target enthusiasts. It doesn't require any external sensors and is based on fully tracked motion controllers. The device can be set up with relative ease and has a flip-up design which allows users to lift the headset's main body in front of their eyes without having to take off the entire device. HTC has designed a pair of wireless controllers for it but details regarding them are also still under wraps at the moment. The Cosmos, like the Vive Pro, has been created to be upgraded over time and may even eventually be able to pair and work with a smartphone and gain wireless functionality. However, a glowing silhouette of a smartphone, is a strong hint in the direction HTC is headed. Vive is delivering on the promise of VR with game-changing technology and best-in-class content, bringing VR to consumers, developers and enterprises alike.
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HTC's best VR headset just got a lot more exciting. Being able to put what may be small insignificant gestures into a VR experience could make all the difference when trying to attain proper immersion.
Release dates or estimates were not announced for the Cosmos. So no matter where you look you're always getting a sharp image. Combined with the eye tracking tech, companies can track where consumers look the most to help develop products.
The Cosmos, which will run a new platform called "Vive Reality System", is meant to be a more approachable type of headset than what HTC has typically offered.
But while the Vive Reality System (which conveniently shortens to "VR System") will only be available to the VIVE Cosmos at first, there is one thing that all VIVE users can experience soon.