New Vive Pro Eye replaces controllers with eye-tracking tech

11 January, 2019, 06:12 | Author: Camille Rivera
  • HTC showed off a new consumer-friendly headset called the Vive Cosmo.                  HTC

The Vive Pro Eye features eye-tracking, so the headset can tell what you're looking at in virtual space.

At CES 2019, HTC announced two new VR headsets: the Vive Pro Eye and the Vive Cosmos.

While Facebook and Oculus are out there going after regular folk with the Oculus Go and the upcoming Oculus Quest, HTC Vive seems to be headed the opposite direction by attempting to push VR experiences even further with new Vive Pro Eye. This essentially means one can choose an option or move from section of an app to another by just gazing, instead of using physical buttons.

While HTC didn't provide many details around its, arguably, biggest announcement, HTC Cosmos is its new VR headset that will go beyond the power of PC. From higher res displays to inside-out tracking, there's always something that has to be done to deliver the near ideal VR experience.

The MLB, for example, has used the Vive Pro Eye for its Home Run Derby VR game. However, VR enthusiasts will no doubt begin tinkering with it once it's available and begin to reveal some of the gaming applications of the headset, which we're excited to see. Through the collaboration with Mozilla and Amazon Web Services, we're closing the gap in XR computing, empowering Vive users to get more content in their headset, while enabling developers and businesses to quickly create content for these consumers.

The Vive Pro Eye wasn't the only new headset HTC showed off. HTC also teased an all-new headset called the Vive Cosmos. There's still a whole lot of questions to be asked about the VIVE Cosmos, and it's unclear when those questions will get answered.




For press images and assets for all Vive CES News, please use this LINK.

About HTC VIVEHTC Vive is the creator of the unprecedented PC-based virtual reality system, the Vive, which was built and optimized for room-scale VR and true-to-life interactions. At the very least we know it's coming. You will be able to access more than 500 games and apps.

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.

"We found that over 85% 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, Americas, for HTC Vive.

Collectively, the software partnerships and enhancements around HTC Vive are likely to do more for VR adoption than hardware.

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