HTC Unveils Vive Cosmos Headset for VR Newbies

The Vive Pro Eye incorporates eye-tracking.                  HTC

HTC's virtual reality division, Vive, has announced new high-end tethered and self-contained virtual reality devices, the Vive Pro Eye and Vive Cosmos respectively, along with new software offerings including an all-you-can-eat software subscription.

The lack of clarity gave the impression that HTC still doesn't have a high-quality veneer with its launches - that it doesn't have a clear, defined strategy for getting its VR platform in the hands of millions of paying consumers. Unlike the HTC Vive Pro, the Vive Cosmos features a simpler setup, removing the need for an external base station and including the ability to attach to a wider range of PCs.

Intertwined with HTC Vive and Mozilla is Amazon Sumerian, enabling HTC Vive developers to concept, test and publish VR-optimized websites, without requiring specialized programming experience.

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To help showcase both of these partnerships, Fidelity Investments has created a prototype VR website designed to allow financial customers to immerse themselves in their investments using data visualization tools, being displayed at HTC Vive's CES Showcase. Why hint at something that consumers will get the most excited about and then not elaborate any further?

It's clearly an eyelash-flutter to gamers, telling them that HTC still cares for them, but didn't tell them why they should stay interested.

Unfortunately, other details on the headset are still incredibly sparse, and HTC's announcement of the device was more of a teaser than a formal reveal.

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Because, if we haven't made it clear enough yet, VR is still a really cool experience. The biggest highlight of the Vive Pro Eye is the fact that it comes with precision eye control technology while the HTC Vive Cosmos is a VR headset which comes equipped with inbuilt motion sensors and can be connected with a smartphone or a PC. It still could very well be the future of entertainment. No problem. With the flip-up design, jump between reality and virtual reality in seconds without disrupting your immersive journey. HTC says it's "an evolution in the enterprise VR space" which tells you who it's aimed at. Though it is designed for PCs, in the video teaser you see a smartphone in use for some objective.

Not to forget, no information regarding the headset's pricing and release date were mentioned at VIVE's press conference today.

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