HTC Unveils Vive Cosmos Headset for VR Newbies

Angelica Greene
January 8, 2019

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.

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.

The Vive Pro Eye natively integrates eye tracking, featuring gaze-tracking menu navigation and removes the need for controllers.

The Vive Cosmos on the other hand has inside-out tracking from four cameras and a flip-up display, requiring absolutely no external tracking. The device is called the Vive Pro Eye, and it promises to bring higher-quality VR experiences, thanks to a technique called "foveated rendering".

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That's ranged from a belief that this brand could take on the iPhone with the HTC Desire (which it did) to charting new territory into virtual worlds with the Vive headset (which offered a possible, exciting view of the future rather than an fantastic product we could buy right now).

Mozilla officially announced Firefox Reality as a browser for VR and AR headsets in April of a year ago. The company announced that its introducing fovated rendering software into the mix using Nvidia's new RTX technology to create sharper images in VR by drastically reducing the resolution around areas in the wearer's peripheral vision. That's right. This headset tracks your eye movements. Instead, the Vive Pro Eye will blur those sections of the image, saving processing power. The vendor said this means businesses can build even better training programs. The reason this is so frustrating is that this could be what people have been waiting for, an HTC Vive headset that's powered by your smartphone, that you can take with you on the go and get these immersive worlds whenever you need them. The Vive Cosmos will not feature eye tracking and will rely on handheld controllers.

HTC General Manager, Americas, Dan O'Brien, positioned the Eye hardware as a great move for enterprise users. "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". HTC did not disclose pricing for any of these new announcements.

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