CES 2019: HTC unveils eye tracking HMD with Vive Pro Eye

The Vive Pro Eye incorporates eye-tracking.                  HTC

The Vive Pro Eye incorporates eye-tracking. HTC

Vive has seemed to be devoting a lot of attention to the enterprise, but the company teased their new consumer VR headset called the Vive Cosmos at CES today. Dan O'Brien, HTC Vive's GM of Americas, says the Vive Pro Eye came about because developers were asking to do more.

That built-in eye-tracking feature is reducing the overall graphics requirements required to run VR apps while it's also permitting devs to focus the users on what they want. "We believe Cosmos will make VR more easily accessible to those who may not have invested in VR before and also be a superior experience for VR enthusiasts".

The eye tracking hardware enables new experiences and thus "your eyes are transformed into an intuitive controller and intention communicator, and the results are quickened reaction for games, insightful data collection and much more".

However, no other specifications have been released and no pricing or availability has been mentioned as yet.

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

Despite the heavy focus on enterprise, though, the technology was showcased at CES 2019 using MLB Home Run Derby VR, a video game now available on Steam VR. The headliners are two new headsets, including the Vive Pro Eye, which adds eye-tracking to last year's high-end hardware, and the Vive Cosmos, which turns the tracking inside out.

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The Vive Cosmos is a different story. It also unveiled the Vive Reality System - a re-imagination of Vive core software that includes a virtual world called Origin for socialising, video viewing and game playing. I haven't been impressed by any dual-camera setups yet, be it the Vive Focus or the bevy of Windows MR headsets, but I'll reserve judgment for now.

The Viveport Infinity subscriptions will open on April 5th 2019, HTC has confirmed.

We'd like to give you a first look at VIVE COSMOS, the newest VR headset from VIVE. It would be nice to see the Vive Pro Eye follow suit with higher resolution displays of their own.

The Quest is releasing in Q1 of 2019, and my gut feeling is that the Cosmos will not be ready so quickly. In fact, I get the feeling HTC is trying to freeze Valve out of the Vive Cosmos entirely.

There aren't enough details though - not for Vive Reality, not Vive Cosmos, not Vive Pro Eye, none of it. Oculus has mastered the art of revealing new products.

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