Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

HTC VIVE announces updates to its VR portfolio at CES 2019

HTC VIVE announces updates to its VR portfolio at CES 2019

While HTC Vive previously offered access to five games per month to subscribers, it hopes to make this new service "the best way to experience VR apps and games". Vive is aimed at the VR world, rather than the AR world being targeted by Apple, but AR and VR are kissing cousins, and this is interesting. While details were at a minimum, there was one prominent feature announced, and that's integrated eye tracking. The Vive Pro Eye is expected to launch in 2019Q2. "The gamer-friendly, versatile design [of the new VR controllers] is useful in all sorts of VR content", HTC states. This will allow players to easily navigate and select menu options without the need to fumble with a VR controller.

Theoretically, this opens the door for brand-new and more realistic VR experiences. With Viveport Infinity, members will be able to try hits from indie developers or shorter experiences they were reluctant to pay for while keeping their favorites like Seeking Dawn and Torn downloaded and ready to play. With no external base stations required, Vive Cosmos maximizes flexibility of usage space, whether at home or on the go, and has the capability to be powered by more than a traditional gaming PC. For specifics, keep an eye on the HTC website and HTC Twitter account as the company plans to make the headset available sometime in the second quarter of 2019.

While there's now no information about how much the headset will cost, what its full capabilities are, or when it will be released, HTC said it would be "coming soon", with development kits to be offered sometime in early 2019.

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"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", said Drew Bamford, vice president, Creative Labs at HTC Vive. "We want VR to feel less like launching apps and instead like stepping between worlds".

If you own an all-in-one headset using Vive Wave, you can install Firefox Reality by searching for it in the Viveport store. In addition, the Cosmos update will also be released later this year.

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