HTC Unveils Vive Cosmos Headset for VR Newbies

HTC Vive Cosmos VR Headset Breaks Cover at CES 2019

HTC Vive Cosmos VR Headset Breaks Cover at CES 2019

Much like Oculus with the announcement of the Quest in late 2018, HTC has today announced the Vive COSMOS, a new standalone VR headset. The Vive Pro employs what HTC calls "foveated rendering", a technology which efficiently allocates the GPU power for better image rendering and an overall sharper visual output. HTC has revealed that the Vive Pro Eye VR headset will be launched in the second quarter of 2019, however, details about its pricing are yet to be revealed.

We found that over 85% of VR intenders believe that ease of use and set up is the most important factor to consider while purchasing a headset.

The thing is, when something like the HTC Vive Cosmos is launched and it's not fully explained, it's incredibly frustrating because it doesn't give VR the platform it deserves. The new hardware enables experiences that aren't possible without tracking the user's eyes, including gaze-oriented menu navigation and the ability to control the VR experience without using controllers. That's right. This headset tracks your eye movements. The headliners are two new headsets, including the Vive Pro Eye, which adds eye-tracking to last year's high-end hardware, and the Vive Cosmos, which turns the tracking inside out. The idea behind launching the Vive Cosmos to address those issues that bother most VR headset users. In its press release, HTC provides further hints that the HMD has "the capability to be powered by more than a traditional gaming PC". HTC explains that the eye tracking takes place via LED sensors located around the lenses inside the HMD.

Additionally, enterprise customers can use eye tracking to better train and evaluate users.

According to HTC, the number of Viveport subscriptions went up three times since last CES, and it also has three times the amount of content as before. "VR and AR need to be about experiences, not applications", he said.

The Cosmos will also be the first headset to receive what HTC is calling the 'Vive Reality System', a new design of VR software.

HTC says it plans to make the Vive Pro Eye available to developers later this year, and it's already been working with a select group of partners on experiences for the new headset.

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