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HTC Vive Cosmos Headset Promises Lightweight, Portable VR

HTC Vive Cosmos Headset Promises Lightweight, Portable VR”

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.

Eventually, the Vive Reality System will power all of HTC Vive's hardware products, with the first being Vive Cosmos which is slated for launch by the end of 2019. Other than that, the Vive Pro Eye has all the same specs that the Vive Pro does.

With eye-tracking, users will not need a controller for specific tasks, using eye movements instead to navigate the VR world. The device is called the Vive Pro Eye, and it promises to bring higher-quality VR experiences, thanks to a technique called "foveated rendering". With the move, Firefox Reality is also taking the jump to the desktop, and becoming available on HTC's Vive and Vive Pro headset. So no matter where you look you're always getting a sharp image. HTC also shows a depiction of the headset hardware, including a screen you can flip up to see the real world without having to fully remove the headset.

Additionally, enterprise customers can use eye tracking to better train and evaluate users. This isn't just going to help by removing the need for controllers.

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.

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

But MLB's SVP of Games and VR, Jamie Leece, told me the in-game menus are just a starting point for eye-tracking, which could become more deeply integrated into VR titles over time. Not only that, the new headset can also be used with either smartphone and PC which made it rather versatile.

"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.

The Vive Cosmos will run the Vive Reality System, a redesign of the Vive software that will make moving between VR experiences more seamless than before.



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