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HTC Announces Vive Cosmos, A VR Headset That Can Seemingly be Powered by Your Phone

HTC Announces Vive Cosmos, A VR Headset That Can Seemingly be Powered by Your Phone

HTC Vive's Rikard Steiber took to the stage to unveil the new head-mounted display (HMD) - which looks exactly like the old model. The benefits already seem better than what the standard Viveport subscription offers.

In addition to enabling eye control, eye tracking technology opens the door for foveated rendering, which involves only rendering the part of the experience where the user is looking.

Following last year's introduction of the Vive Pro for business customers, HTC today unveiled the HTC Vive Pro Eye, a headset with integrated eye tracking. It means that the images "follow" you wherever you look instead of being locked to the center of the screen. That's right. This headset tracks your eye movements. The images in the user's peripheral vision are rendered at a lower quality, which doesn't impact the experience due to the way the human eye works. Unlike the HTC Vive Pro, the Vive Cosmos features a simpler setup, removing the need for an external base station and including the ability to attach to a wider range of PCs. Plus, it comes with a flip-up design, so you can swap between reality and virtual reality instantly.

There is an odd catch. This information is going to be used for data and analytics, which certainly has its ups and downs. And using its Mozilla partnership, it hopes to bring more web content to VR customers, including plans to launch the first Vive-dedicated VR browser. Be sure to stay tuned in to Windows Central for more updates about all the news around HTC Vive! For example, the VR software Lockheed Martin uses to train new pilots will use eye tracking to examine reaction times and focus.

HTC Announces Vive Cosmos, A VR Headset That Can Seemingly be Powered by Your Phone

HTC Vive Cosmos developer kits will arrive early this year, with general availability and pricing info to be revealed later in 2019.

Viveport Inifity launches April 5.

What is the most exciting news you've heard so far during CES 2019?

The most notable product announcement is the HTC Vive Pro Eye (shown above), an upgraded version of its popular Vive Pro. Tell us all your thoughts in the comment section below!

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