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Vive Cosmos release date, pricing, features and spec news

11 January, 2019, 06:10 | Author: Arnold Gilbert
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Mozilla's virtual and augmented reality browser Firefox Reality is becoming the default browser on HTC's Vive VR headsets, the two companies announced at CES Monday.

While the Vive Pro Eye is aimed at the enterprise segment, the Cosmos will target enthusiasts. From a user standpoint, games and apps could use your vision to make menus more intuitive.

The Vive Cosmos VR headset will be based on Vive Reality system, which ensures seamless movement during your VR journey. While the Cosmos features inside-out tracking, the HTC Vive Pro Eye brings you "foveated rendering" to change the way you'll look at games and apps in virtual reality (VR) forever.

Here's a first look at the Vive Cosmos. Though it is designed for PCs, in the video teaser you see a smartphone in use for some objective. Guess it going to take a while before we able to see the new VIVE Cosmos at retail stores then.

The Vive Pro Eye, a revised version of the Vive Pro, is equipped with eye-tracking hardware.

Instead of using sensors and webcams that are separate from the headset - like some of the other headsets out there - HTC is using these cameras to track where you are and what you are doing.

Leading the list was the Vive Cosmo, a new consumer-friendly headset pitched as easier use and set up than rival devices. These latest advancements in premium VR not only offer best-in-class technology and content but strive to redefine how VR is accessed and experienced for both consumers and enterprise. Fans can experience the new Vive Pro Eye starting in 2019.

Eye tracking isn't just for improving visuals, it can also be used for targeting, effectively letting you select things by focusing your gaze, without the need to involve motion controllers.

At the same time as the hardware announcements, HTC confirmed that it was expanding its Viveport software subscription service to include the all-you-can-eat Netflix-style option which was missing at launch. HTC Vive does, however, have a plan. More info will be available "in the coming months", according to the company.

The Vive Reality System will power experiences across the entire Vive product portfolio and will be available first on the Vive Cosmos released later this year. It hasn't yet said how much that price will cost but HTC is launching a new Viewport Infinity subscription.

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