CES 2019: HTC Vive Cosmos Is The Company's Next VR Headset

Judy Cobb
January 8, 2019

Cosmos is usable both at home or on the go, according to HTC.

HTC hasn't revealed a price or release date for the Vive Pro Eye, but says it will launch during the second quarter of 2019.

For now, HTC has stated that Cosmos requires not external trackers which means that the headset should be utilizing a method called inside-out tracking.

With eye-tracking, users will not need a controller for specific tasks, using eye movements instead to navigate the VR world. The newest feature is the use of foveated rendering to give you a better visual quality inside of your VR headset.

Partners for the HTC Vive Pro Eye already include the Major League Baseball, among others.

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Mozilla officially announced Firefox Reality as a browser for VR and AR headsets in April of previous year. 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. It lacks all the indentations of previous headsets used by the Lighthouse sensors to track the headset. Some key benefits mentioned potential using the Eye include better product design and user research, better accessibility, increased speed of VR interactions and more efficient CPU and GPU usage. This isn't just going to help by removing the need for controllers.

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

Following last year's introduction of the Vive Pro for business customers, HTC today unveiled the HTC Vive Pro Eye, a headset with integrated eye tracking. "We believe Cosmos will make VR more easily accessible to those who may not have invested in VR before and also be a superior experience for VR enthusiasts".

"We found that over 85 percent of VR intenders believe that ease of use and set up is the most important factor to consider while purchasing a headset", said Daniel O'Brien, general manager of HTC Vive in the Americas.

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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