Taiwanese consumer electronics company HTC has unveiled the Vive Pro Eye — a new virtual reality (VR) headset for PCs and the HTC Vive Cosmos that is an untethered VR headset that will work with both smartphones and PCs during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) here. The Vive Pro Eye natively integrates eye tracking, features gaze-tracking menu navigation and removes the need for controllers. HTC says it’s “an evolution in the enterprise VR space” which tells you who it’s aimed at, GSMArena reported late on Monday.
The Vive Pro Eye promises to bring higher-quality VR experiences, owing to a technique called “foveated rendering” that renders sharp photos for wherever the human eye is looking in a virtual scene. There’s no pricing yet, but it’s supposed to launch in the second quarter of 2019, according to The Verge.
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The HTC Vive Cosmos is a new stand-alone VR headset with two front-facing cameras, two side-facing cameras and a pair of hand-held wands. According to the Ars Technica, HTC executive Dan O’Brien confirmed that computer game company Nvidia is collaborating with it to help VR developers apply variable rate shading, a feature built into new RTX-series graphics cards, to games and apps.