HTC Vive has announced at the CES tech show in Las Vegas today two new VR headsets, the HTC Vive Cosmos and HTC Vive Pro Eye. The former targets consumers and is said to be more lightweight and portable.
HTC Vive Cosmos
The Vive Cosmos is the answer to VR being difficult to use, set up and carry around. HTC claims the headset will be easy to setup and more portable with a redesigned headstrap and lighter materials. There's also no external tracking required. Plus, it comes with a flip-up design, so you can bounce swap between reality and virtual reality instantly.
The Vive Cosmos will be able to be powered by a gaming PC, but HTC said it has future plans, hinting at mobile-powered capabilities in the future.
Vive Cosmos will come with Vive Reality, which offers "core software experiences for a new age of spatial computing." The goal is to bring the power of spatial computing to a broad consumer audience and glue together HTC's hardware, software and services for seamless experience. And using their Mozilla partnership they hope to bring more web content to VR customers.
HTC didn't reveal pricing or a release date at its press conference but promised to share more info in the coming months.
HTC Vive Pro Eye
Following last year's introduction of the Vive Pro for business customers, HTC today unveiled HTC Vive Pro Eye, a headset with integrated eye tracking. The vendor said this means businesses can build even better training programs, improve how computing resources used to power the headset can be leverages and more. HTC is also claiming increased VR interaction speeds and more efficient CPU and GPU usage.
Eye tracking also bring foveated rendering, which increases quality in the content of the image where your eye is actually looking. It'll use Nvidia's latest RTX cards to do so.
Partners for the HTC Vive Pro Eye already include the MLB, among others. We'll let you know when we get word of pricing or availability.
HTC Viveport Infinity
On the services side, HTC announced Viveport Infinity, a long-term VR subscription service giving customers access to over 500 apps, including "top games" and educational apps, for a monthly fee.
Viveport Inifity launches April 5.
Stay tuned for our hands-on experiences with some of these offerings as we keep spending time with HTC Vive VR at CES.