HTC Vive Pro Eye - Hands On at CES 2019

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HTC's second headset, the Vive Pro Eye, is similar to the Cosmos with its dual front-facing cameras, but stands out by including eye-tracking tech.

When it comes to designing a controller for a virtual reality (VR) head-mount display (HMD) which features inside-out tracking, there's one design that's proven to be nearly universal. Commercially seen for the first time in conjunction with Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) headsets, at CES 2019 this week VRFocus came across the prototype pair of controllers for HTC's standalone headset, Vive Focus.

Also announced was Viveport Infinity, a change to the Viveport subscription model.

Theoretically, this opens the door for brand-new and more realistic VR experiences. "The tools and environments that make up Vive Reality System aim to make spatial computing accessible to everyone, wherever their journey into immersive worlds takes them". By making the headset prioritise graphics based on eye movements, the overall graphics requirements needed to run VR apps is reduced.

HTC reported that its Cosmos VR headset would have "the capability to be powered by more than a traditional gaming PC", although that's a vague statement and the company did not offer further details. "Our fans can simply operate menus by using their eyes".

HTC's Creative Labs team also revealed Vive Reality System, a completely reimagined way for people to experience the virtual world-encompassing the total user experience from the moment a headset is put on to how content is interacted with. Until April 5 when Infinity becomes available, members of the subscription service could try five titles a month, but with Infinity there will no longer be a limit on the number of titles you can try. Viveport Infinity content can be accessed across current and future Vive devices, the Oculus Rift, and the devices in the Wave Eco-system. "We want VR to feel less like launching apps and instead like stepping between worlds". Check out everything announced during the HTC Vive press conference. In addition, the Cosmos update will also be released later this year.

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