has word that a new Viveport Infinity option is being added to the
mix which goes beyond previous limitations to allow unlimited access to the
entire Viveport catalog of virtual reality games. As for the Vive hardware these
has word on a pair of new VR headsets announced by HTC at CES.
These are the HTC Vive Pro Eye, a standalone virtual reality headset with eye-tracking for
PCs, and the HTC Cosmos, an untethered VR headset that will work with PCs and
smartphones. Release dates and specs for the new hardware are noticeably absent,
but they do have some details:
HTC kicked off its CES 2019 presence with
two significant product reveals: the HTC Vive Pro Eye, a new, standalone virtual
reality headset for PCs, and the HTC Cosmos, an untethered VR headset that will
work with smartphones or PCs.
While specs and price for the Vive Pro Eye headset are currently unknown, its
biggest upgrade is a rarity in the PC VR space: built-in eye tracking, so that a
users' eye direction and movement can be measured for the sake of better VR
performance. To that aim, HTC used its CES press conference on Monday to confirm
that the headset will ship with foveated rendering support. As in, a VR game or
app can render fewer pixels in the parts of the VR display that aren't being
looked at by a user. This implies, but doesn't confirm, that HTC will make tools
available for developers to marry the Vive Pro Eye's eye-tracking sensors with
3D rendering engines.