More importantly, eye-tracking allows for Dynamic Foveated Rendering, drastically reducing the performance overhead for VR by rendering areas you aren't actively looking at in lower fidelity.
According to Gizmodo, "the first benefit results from foveated rendering, which takes advantage of the headset's eye-tracker to adjust which parts of a virtual scene get priority when processing graphics". While the HTC Vive was originally £700+, we don't think the company will launch the Cosmos at that price - it's way too expensive, and more in-line with HTC's "prosumer" Vive Pro.
HTC says it's "an evolution in the enterprise VR space" which tells you who it's aimed at, GSMArena reported late on Monday.
Collectively, the software partnerships and enhancements around HTC Vive are likely to do more for VR adoption than hardware.
Outside of adding eye tracking, little is known about the Vive Pro Eye.
The company also launched the HTC Vive Cosmos, a simpler and easier headset for people just entering the VR ecosystem.
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Josh is a long-time Gamer and Technology Guru. HTC is pushing the envelope with a new piece of hardware, the HTC Vive Pro Eye.
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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.
On the content front, HTC is upgrading its Viveport subscription service and will introduce Viveport Infiity on April 5. However, this headset is neither a replacement of nor an upgraded version of their previous and original Vive. Vive Cosmos is not necessarily a "Vive 2".
We'd like to give you a first look at VIVE COSMOS, the newest VR headset from VIVE. To demonstrate this, Major League Baseball (MLB) debuted eye tracking on the Vive Pro Eye at CES by integrating the tech into its MLB Home Run Derby VR app. Users can fully navigate the menu system without a traditional control, using just their eyeballs. The Vive Cosmos can be paired with a PC, and will get smartphone connectivity in the future.
The Vive Pro is a VR that is on the higher-end of price as well.