Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

HTC's Viveport Infinity subscription offers unlimited access to VR

HTC's Viveport Infinity subscription offers unlimited access to VR

It's only recently that browsing the web in VR has ventured away from viewing your normal monitor through a headset, and now HTC Vive wants to push that even further by announcing several new collaborations. The device is called the Vive Pro Eye, and it promises to bring higher-quality VR experiences, thanks to a technique called "foveated rendering". Instead we're at CES seeing the launch of another VR headset from HTC, the new Vive Cosmos - or, at least, we think we are.

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.

Eye-tracking technology is exactly what it sounds like: hardware baked into the device that monitors where the user looks within the virtual environment. The Cosmos should apparently work with more than just high-end gaming PCs, but no more details were shared about that. While it's really cool that the headset can track your eye movement, it will also be able to collect the information of what you're looking at.

The all-new VIVE tracking system offers an out of box experience that gets you into VR fast and easy.

Following last year's introduction of the Vive Pro for business customers, HTC today unveiled the HTC Vive Pro Eye, a headset with integrated eye tracking. The company created this as a headset that can be used anywhere.

HTC General Manager, Americas, Dan O'Brien, positioned the Eye hardware as a great move for enterprise users. The accompanying bumpf doesn't really make things any clearer, but it sounds like a new interface and tutorial system that will presumably do a better job of easing people into VR than the Vive does now. The Taiwanese company has introduced a new variant of the Vive Pro known as the Vive Pro Eye. The idea behind launching the Vive Cosmos to address those issues that bother most VR headset users. HTC must be just teasing us intending to go forward with a proper launch at a later event.

HTC also announced a new subscription service for Viveport called Infinite, which will give you access to 500 apps and games and any given time starting April 5.

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