The headliners are two new headsets, including the Vive Pro Eye, which adds eye-tracking to last year's high-end hardware, and the Vive Cosmos, which turns the tracking inside out. Cosmos can still also be powered by a PC or a laptop, but it seems like mobile will be the next steps for VR functionality. With a whole array of new headsets, HTC is trying to appeal to different kind of customers by catering to their different needs. "Now with Viveport Infinity, we're offering our members the best value in VR content with 100x more choice, all at one low price".
On many occasions, VRFocus has discussed eye-tracking technology and how it can be merged with virtual reality (VR) headsets to provide an even more immersive experience for users, whilst reducing the computational power needed via foveated rendering. No more turning your head and keeping your eyes always forward - now you can simply adjust your gaze and maybe not move your head so much. This is a headset that does not do eye tracking, but it does have a bevy of cameras around the outside of the headset, so it can tell where you are.
The catch is that the headset will track what you're looking at, using those data points for analytics. But it still eliminated the need for me to actually hold a controller or push any buttons. The device can be set up with relative ease and has a flip-up design which allows users to lift the headset's main body in front of their eyes without having to take off the entire device.
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Of course, the company could also launch multiple versions of the new iPhone as it did this year with three independent models. The 3D camera would be able to create 3D depth maps by measuring the time it takes light to bounce off things in a scene.
There is an odd catch. If it's too high, HTC risks pushing users into the arms of Oculus with the standalone Oculus Quest headset. HTC has already showcased the Vive Pro Eye's eye-tracking capabilities with an official MLB app called the MLB Home Run Derby VR that will arrive in 2019. The best part? It's not just for HTC Vive owners. The new Viveport Infinity subscription now grants access to its massive game library rather than just giving five at a time.
Although an exact release date has not yet been given, the Cosmos developers kit is expected to be available in the next few months. HTC is a bit mysterious about it but it pretty much looks like a new virtual world you can "walk" into to experience other virtual worlds. For example, the VR software Lockheed Martin uses to train new pilots will use eye tracking to examine reaction times and focus.