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

08 January, 2019, 11:45 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • HTC showed off a new consumer-friendly headset called the Vive Cosmo.                  HTC

According to HTC, 85 percent of VR users say ease of us is the most important feature of a VR headset.

Today, at CES 2019, HTC took the stage to launch several new products and upgrades in its popular Vive virtual reality division.

Since the Vive Pro Eye will track eye movements, it can optimize the virtual world in reaction to a user's focus. 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.

Eye tracking also brings foveated rendering, which increases quality in the portion of the images where your eye is actually looking. The headset has an easy flip up design so you can effortless transition between the real and virtual worlds.

Partners for the HTC Vive Pro Eye already include the Major League Baseball, among others. The company announced that its introducing fovated rendering software into the mix using Nvidia's new RTX technology to create sharper images in VR by drastically reducing the resolution around areas in the wearer's peripheral vision. Lockheed Martin is using the Vive Pro Eye to help train student pilots, for example.


The HTC Vive press conference at CES 2019 has certainly been memorable thanks to the unveiling of the Vive Pro Eye and the Vive Cosmos headsets. Unlike the HTC Vive Pro, the Vive Cosmos features a simpler setup, removing the need for an external base station and including the ability to attach to a wider range of PCs.

Besides just enabling new controller-less experiences, the company also notes the new headset could have a significant impact on accessibility since it could open up VR experiences to people who aren't able to use traditional hand controllers.

Admittedly, we don't know much more about the Vive Cosmos than that at the moment.

HTC General Manager, Americas, Dan O'Brien, positioned the Eye hardware as a great move for enterprise users.

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.

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