CES 2019 | HTC intros new Vive Pro Eye and Vive Cosmos VR headsets
HTC has debuted some new gear at CES 2019 that will appeal to VR gaming enthusiasts and enterprise customers. The Taiwanese company has introduced a new variant of the Vive Pro known as the Vive Pro Eye. The new high-end model will integrate eye-tracking out of the box, instead of having to purchase it is as an add-on feature as had been the case. The feature allows graphics to be optimized where the viewer is looking directly to boost graphics quality while reducing fidelity at the periphery of vision. It is coming in Q2.
HTC also debuted an all-new VR headset called the Cosmos. The new device is aimed at bringing a PC-driven VR experience to the mainstream. HTC says it has focused on making the device as comfortable as possible and ensuring that it is as easy as possible for the average user to set up. The Cosmos, like the Vive Pro, has been designed to be upgraded over time and may even eventually be able to pair and work with a smartphone and gain wireless functionality.
HTC has also announced that it has partnered with Mozilla to bring the Firefox Reality browser to Vive. The purpose-made VR browser was announced by Mozilla in April last year demoing it on a Vive Focus headset. Navigation is undertaken with the Vive controllers, which will be in their second-generation for the launch of the Cosmos. Pricing and availability of the new Vive Cosmos is yet to be made official.