Eye-tracking Vive VR headset headlines HTC's CES 2019 showcase

HTC Announces Vive Cosmos, A VR Headset That Can Seemingly be Powered by Your Phone

Sporting the deep blue of the Vive Pro and Eye, the Cosmo looks familiar and foreign from anything HTC has previously released.

The Vive Cosmos is created to make VR more accessible to the masses.

Today, at CES 2019, HTC took the stage to launch several new products and upgrades in its popular Vive virtual reality division.

In addition, HTC seemed to tease that in the future, wearers will be able to power the Cosmos with their mobile devices although no official announcements have been made in regards to this just yet.

During its VIVE press conference earlier today, HTC has unveiled its next virtual reality headset called VIVE Cosmos.

But nothing offered the most important thing: clear, defined timescales and prices about when you can actually buy this stuff and how much it'll cost.

Finally in HTC news for now, the Viveport Infinity is a new monthly subscription that will give you access to over 500 games and apps. Tell us all your thoughts in the comment section below! A new VR baseball game called MLB Home Run Derby VR is played only using eye movements to navigate menus and perform in-game functions. That's fine, but it's confusing to the consumer when the answer clearly exists, and if it doesn't - then why launch now? And while consumers are still lukewarm of VR, it's truly an exciting time for the technology.

HTC Announces Vive Cosmos, A VR Headset That Can Seemingly be Powered by Your Phone
HTC's Viveport Infinity subscription offers unlimited access to VR

For everyday users, VR has been a tough sell. Almost half a decade later, VR still isn't something people are desperate to own, and they don't feel the loss as they've never tried it.

Both the HTC Vive Pro Eye and the HTC Vive Cosmos will be available later in 2019. "We believe Cosmos will make VR more easily accessible to those who may not have invested in VR before and also be a superior experience for VR enthusiasts".

The Cosmos' main focus is on comfort.

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. This isn't just going to help by removing the need for controllers. The headliners are two new headsets, including the Vive Pro Eye, which adds eye-tracking to last year's high-end hardware, and the Vive Cosmos, which turns the tracking inside out. It still could very well be the future of entertainment.

Mozilla officially announced Firefox Reality as a browser for VR and AR headsets in April of past year.

We've pretty much given up on HTC coming back as the smartphone powerhouse it once was - perhaps the brand realised it had a bigger chance of success in VR, where it's the leader in the space.

Eye tracking can also be used in place of handheld controllers.



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