HTC Vive Cosmos is a new VR headset with inside-out tracking

HTC Vive Cosmos is a new VR headset with inside-out tracking

HTC has once again used CES to announce a couple of updates to its Vive VR system.

Instead of using sensors and webcams that are separate from the headset - like some of the other headsets out there - HTC is using these cameras to track where you are and what you are doing.

"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.

Partners for the HTC Vive Pro Eye already include the Major League Baseball, among others.

Instead, we expect the Vive Cosmos to cost a similar amount to the HTC Vive, now priced at £499 in the UK.

With built-in eye tracking, there are a variety of new possibilities at hand for VR. The headset has an easy flip up design so you can effortless transition between the real and virtual worlds. But with VR still in its early stages, it can be tough to know what to take a chance on with your money.

In a report via GamesIndustry, the company has teased their Cosmos headset. Much as we love PCs, the Quest's slick wireless VR is impressive enough that we've already hypothesised it "could be the VR headset moving forward".

"Vive Pro, built to meet the needs of the professional VR user, just got even better with integrated eye tracking on the new Vive Pro Eye-giving users new levels of accessibility, including gaze-oriented menu navigation and removing the need for controllers". Through the collaboration with Mozilla and Amazon Web Services, we're closing the gap in XR computing, empowering Vive users to get more content in their headset, while enabling developers and businesses to quickly create content for these consumers.

HTC has a new PC HMD on the way in the shape of the Vive Cosmos.

The motion controllers have been redesigned and now resemble the Oculus Touch more than the previous generation Vive wands.

In a Tweet, HTC added that the new Vive Cosmos will be extremely comfortable and require minimal setup time. With the move, Firefox Reality is also taking the jump to the desktop, and becoming available on HTC's Vive and Vive Pro headset. HTC Vive does, however, have a plan.

HTC is expanding its Virtual Reality portfolio with new smart VRgears featuring eye-tracking technology and support for third-party apps.

Vive Reality, also announced at HTC's keynote, will be the new glue that holds the platform together.

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