The system is still in development, with HTC Vive saying that it "includes both operational and experiential elements" created to impact its entire portfolio.
HTC Vive Cosmos developer kits will arrive early this year, with general availability and pricing info to be revealed later in 2019. Vive Cosmos is a consumer-focused device that'll be PC powered whilst providing inside-out tracking for ease of use and setup, hopefully enticing more consumers into VR.
With eye-tracking, users will not need a controller for specific tasks, using eye movements instead to navigate the VR world. With the move, Firefox Reality is also taking the jump to the desktop, and becoming available on HTC's Vive and Vive Pro headset. It lacks all the indentations of previous headsets used by the Lighthouse sensors to track the headset. The headset has an easy flip up design so you can effortless transition between the real and virtual worlds. So no matter where you look you're always getting a sharp image. Why not explain why, when the brand has just told us that it's added 1,000 new games this year, we're only able to access 500 of them? The point is that it should allow businesses to make better training simulations. 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. For example, the VR software Lockheed Martin uses to train new pilots will use eye tracking to examine reaction times and focus.
Besides just enabling new controller-less experiences, the company also notes the new headset could have a significant impact on accessibility since it could open up VR experiences to people who aren't able to use traditional hand controllers.
This is where the Vive Cosmo comes in.
The Vive Pro Eye wasn't the only new headset HTC showed off. HTC also teased an all-new headset called the Vive Cosmos.
The Cosmos, which will run a new platform called "Vive Reality System", is meant to be a more approachable type of headset than what HTC has typically offered.