CES 2019: Vive Cosmos is a brand new VR headset from HTC

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During its CES 2019 press conference focused on virtual reality, HTC made a series of announcements revealing what's next for the company. 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. Navigation is undertaken with the Vive controllers, which will be in their second-generation for the launch of the Cosmos. Both the VR headsets are targeted at a different set of users.

HTC's smartphone making arm may not be doing so well recently, but the Taiwanese company's Vive division is still one of the pioneers of the VR headset space. HTC explains that the eye tracking takes place via LED sensors located around the lenses inside the HMD. 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.

So come on HTC - let's hear more about this Cosmos headset. While it's really cool that the headset can track your eye movement, it will also be able to collect the information of what you're looking at. Unlike the Vive and Vive Pro, the Cosmos won't require external trackers, and is optimized for comfort and ease of use. The company created this as a headset that can be used anywhere.




Additionally, enterprise customers can use eye tracking to better train and evaluate users. The gamer-friendly, versatile design is useful in all sorts of VR content. HTC must be just teasing us intending to go forward with a proper launch at a later event.

The motion controllers have been redesigned and now resemble the Oculus Touch more than the previous generation Vive wands. The accompanying bumpf doesn't really make things any clearer, but it sounds like a new interface and tutorial system that will presumably do a better job of easing people into VR than the Vive does now.

Finally, HTC also announced an exciting update for members of the Viveport subscription service: starting on Vive Day, April 5, 2019, Viveport will move to an unlimited subscription model known as Viveport Infinity.

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