CES: HTC Vive Pro Eye

Angelica Greene
January 12, 2019

Do you think eye tracking is the future of VR? While HTC Vive previously offered access to five games per month to subscribers, it hopes to make this new service "the best way to experience VR apps and games".

The VR Gaming scene is taking off slower than we thought it would but it is clear that HTC is not ready to give up on it yet as it looks like they are looking to show us a new VR gear at CES this year.

Vive Pro, built to meet the needs of the professional VR user, just got even better with integrated eye tracking on the new Vive Pro Eye-giving users new levels of accessibility, including gaze-oriented menu navigation and removing the need for controllers. This week at CES 2019, Major League Baseball (MLB) debuted the Vive Pro Eye by integrating the eye tracking into the "MLB Home Run Derby VR" video game experience.

Theoretically, this opens the door for brand-new and more realistic VR experiences. While this isn't necessarily new to the HTC Vive, eye tracking is now a core feature with full, official support.

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Starting Vive Day, April 5, 2019, members can download and play any of the 500+ titles in the Viveport Infinity library with no restrictions. This includes titles from indie developer and shorter experiences you might not have trusted to spend your money on before. The Vive Pro Eye is expected to launch in 2019Q2. Currently, there is no word on the pricing and availability of the new HTC VR headsets, however, we will keep you updated on the same. "We want VR to feel less like launching apps and instead like stepping between worlds", says Drew Bamford, VP, Creative Labs, HTC Vive.

The Vive Reality System includes both operational and experiential elements impacting the entire Vive product portfolio and experienced first on the Vive Cosmos.

But HTC Vive has been working on a 6DoF version, which AMD had on demonstration with an HTC Vive Focus to showcase its ReLive livestreaming technology. Vive owners will also get access to Firefox Reality's "immersive web experiences" - games and other activities that are available through the browser's homepage.

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