HTC launches new VR gears Vive Pro Eye, Vive Cosmos

11 January, 2019, 06:12 | Author: Bennie Parsons
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Luckily HTC gets a second try.

Let's cover the more interesting announcement first, yeah?

While there's now no information about how much the headset will cost, what its full capabilities are, or when it will be released, HTC said it would be "coming soon", with development kits to be offered sometime in early 2019. It's called Vive Cosmos. Either way, this is likely to be a pretty popular virtual reality headset for VIVE, but that will depend on pricing as it always does.

In any case, tracking is handled by two cameras on the front of the headset. However, it is noted that the Cosmos is created to run the Vive Reality System out of the box, instead of SteamVR.

We didn't get any real specs, regardless. HTC has designed a pair of wireless controllers for it but details regarding them are also still under wraps at the moment. A few years ago when the original HTC Vive and Oculus Rift hit the market, they passed the proof of concept test in ways stuff like the Virtual Boy never did.

Given that HTC is very much targeting this new version of the Vive at businesses, it could be some time before we see the technology utilized in video games, if at all. In addition, VIVEPORT, HTC's global app store for VR content, announced unlimited subscription access with Viveport Infinity so all the best content is available at any time.


What does the Vive Cosmos offer? The Vive Pro Eye will release this spring. We saw a Tobii demo last March and were incredibly impressed.

The Cosmos doesn't require external sensors and uses fully tracked motion controllers. Through foveated rendering, VR can put less demand on the hardware that's powering the experience. Sporting the deep blue of the Vive Pro and Eye, the Cosmo looks familiar and foreign from anything HTC has previously released. You will be able to access more than 500 games and apps.

That's how it's been for nearly three years now. That's how it's functioned up until now, at least. No more picking and choosing.

Once again, HTC also didn't disclose the cost of the new service, saying only that it would be available in April. "We are bringing Firefox Reality to this platform to ensure that users have a safe, fast, and private experience on the next generation of hardware". VR launchers were a really exciting feature two or three years ago, but in 2019?

HTC has announced a virtual reality headset at CES 2019.

At first I thought that was the whole story, a non-issue at best. The headset is being advertised as a device with absolute comfort and easy setup, intended for home and mobile use. According to HTC, 85 percent of VR users say ease of us is the most important feature of a VR headset.

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