HTC Vive has announced a few new premium offerings to their VR lineup with the Vive Pro Eye, Vive Cosmos and more.
Vive Pro Eye
The HTC Vive Pro Eye has similar specs to the Vive Pro from last year but now it included built-in eye tracking. HTC Vive says this will help with new training scenarios and more efficient use of computing resources.
The Vive Pro Eye has hi-res certified audio 3D spatial sound, screens with a combined resolution of 2880 x 1600, producing 615 PPI. It also designed for maximum comfort with an optimal centre of gravity, increased point of weight support and quick adjustment dial.
The HTC Vive Pro Eye will be available in Q2 of this year. Pricing for the new headset hasn’t been announced.
The HTC Vive Cosmos still has the comfort and easy setup but it also included inside-out tracking. Meaning that you don’t need any external base stations to be able to use it, just your compatible PC.
“We found that over 85% of VR intenders believe that ease of use and set up is the most important factor to consider while purchasing a headset,” said Daniel O’Brien, GM, Americas, HTC Vive. “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 Vive Cosmos also brings along HTC Vive’s Vive Reality System which is a completely reimagined way to experience the virtual world.
“Our philosophy has always been focused on developing great products and experiences that create a natural and effortless bridge from the real world to the virtual world and with Vive Reality System we set out to reimagine Vive’s core software experience to meet these needs,” said Drew Bamford, VP, Creative Labs, HTC Vive. “The tools and environments that make up Vive Reality System aim to make spatial computing accessible to everyone, wherever their journey into immersive worlds takes them. We want VR to feel less like launching apps and instead like stepping between worlds.”
The Vive Reality System will be coming to Vive headsets later this year. As for the Vive Cosmos, that will be coming later this year but developer kits will be available in the coming months.
Viveport Infinity is the “biggest upgrade to the Viveport subscription to date.” It’s an unlimited subscription service for VR that gives users access to more than 500 titles with more being added per month.
“We’re announcing our next step in Viveport’s evolution with Viveport Infinity,” said Rikard Steiber, President, Viveport. “When we first launched our Subscription service, we gave consumers the ability to try 5 titles a month. Now with Viveport Infinity, we’re offering our members the best value in VR content with 100x more choice, all at one low price.”
Viveport Infinity will be available on April 5th and will work with all current and future Vive devices and Oculus Rift.