HTC Vive Pro Eye hands-on: first VR headset with eye tracking

HTC reveals Vive Cosmos a new VR headset with inside-out tracking

HTC's virtual reality division, Vive, has announced new high-end tethered and self-contained virtual reality devices, the Vive Pro Eye and Vive Cosmos respectively, along with new software offerings including an all-you-can-eat software subscription. The images in the user's peripheral vision are rendered at a lower quality, which doesn't impact the experience due to the way the human eye works. We don't have pricing indications but reckon the Vive Cosmos will sit somewhere beneath the updated Vive Pro when it comes out. Both are wildly different devices for different audiences.

The Vive Cosmos is created to make VR more accessible to the masses.

Even the flip up cover of the HTC Vive Cosmos feels like a nod to the movie Ready Player One, similar to the movie poster that shows the protagonist flipping in and out of the virtual worlds.

Similar to other Vive headsets, Cosmos can be powered by a gaming PC. "There's so much more to Vive Cosmos", HTC said in a tweet, "[and] we'll be sharing more details soon on this exciting new VR kit". HTC explains that the eye tracking takes place via LED sensors located around the lenses inside the HMD.

If you've ever used a virtual reality headset, you know that it tracks a lot of things including your head and hands to ensure a seamless, immersive experience. The headset also features handheld controllers, which with the glowing circular rings, looks like something out of the movie Tron.

HTC General Manager, Americas, Dan O'Brien, positioned the Eye hardware as a great move for enterprise users.

The all-new VIVE tracking system offers an out of box experience that gets you into VR fast and easy.

The Vive Pro Eye natively integrates eye tracking, featuring gaze-tracking menu navigation and removes the need for controllers. HTC must be just teasing us intending to go forward with a proper launch at a later event.

In addition, HTC also announced a new subscription service for the Viveport, dubbed Infinite, which will allow users to access to 500 apps and games at any given of time starting April 5.

HTC has also announced that it has partnered with Mozilla to bring the Firefox Reality browser to Vive.

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