HTC announces Vive Pro Eye, Vive Cosmos

Wednesday, 09 Jan, 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 Eye has a similar design as last year's Vive Pro, though it's gotten upgrades under the hood to incorporate eye tracking.

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. Where eye's look and how they behave are intrinsic parts of everyday communication, enabling you to understand if someone is happy, sad, or if they're lying to you.

So, it's clearly going to work with a smartphone. "This will enable foveated rendering - a feature that enables reduced processing and clearer images that focus on the areas where you're looking, and will allow businesses and developers to "gather more data about their training environments" and 'help optimize computer and VR performance". Despite having a presence at the event, details regarding the new headset are rather scarce for now though since the company stated that more information regarding it will only be shared in the coming months.

We get that it's fun to tease something at the tail end of a press conference, but this was more than a hushed nod to a new product. Cosmos can still also be powered by a PC or a laptop, but it seems like mobile will be the next steps for VR functionality.

The company also launched the HTC Vive Cosmos, a simpler and easier headset for people just entering the VR ecosystem.

Mozilla's Chief R&D officer Sean White told Variety in September that the goal of Firefox Reality was to simplify the development of immersive media experiences across a wide range of devices.

The official page for the Cosmos shows a new type of controller, forgoing the traditional wand-style and trackpads for a joystick and buttons instead.

"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.

So come on HTC - let's hear more about this Cosmos headset.

Finally in HTC news for now, the Viveport Infinity is a new monthly subscription that will give you access to over 500 games and apps.