Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Industry | By Jeannie Evans

HTC's Viveport Infinity subscription offers unlimited access to VR

HTC's Viveport Infinity subscription offers unlimited access to VR

However, VR enthusiasts will no doubt begin tinkering with it once it's available and begin to reveal some of the gaming applications of the headset, which we're excited to see.

Luckily HTC gets a second try. This was mostly a VR press conference, where HTC announced the VIVE PRO EYE, and then later teased a new virtual reality headset that will be coming later this year, the VIVE Cosmos. Experiences built with Sumerian are created to be embedded into a web page or be consumed on popular hardware such as HTC Vive and HTC Vive Pro, as well as Android and iOS mobile devices.

This was the first of many announcements made during HTC's presentation.

You'll notice I said "semi-standalone". HTC has said that it can also be connected to a smartphone and the teaser video in their official tweet suggests the same.

HTC will bring gaze-oriented navigation with the new Vive Pro Eye. That'd perhaps allow for a PC experience sans-wires as well as a lightweight mobile experience. There are two front-facing cameras, two side-facing cameras and then a pair of handheld wands.

We didn't get any real specs, regardless. The headset also features handheld controllers, which with the glowing circular rings, looks like something out of the movie Tron. 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. The Viveport Infinity pricing structure has not been announced. The Vive Cosmos seems like the more consumer-focused of the two, and like it's being positioned as an Oculus Quest competitor.

HTC unveiled the Vive Cosmos VR headset at the CES 2019.

The eye tracking hardware enables new experiences and thus "your eyes are transformed into an intuitive controller and intention communicator, and the results are quickened reaction for games, insightful data collection and much more". More information should surface in the near future. However, HTC Vive Pro Eye VR is the next step in virtual reality since it's boasting built-in eye-tracking, along with the functions of the already released Vive Pro.

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.

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