Two New HTC VR Headsets, Revealed At CES 2019

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HTC VIVE attempts to redefine the VR experience with new hardware, software and content offerings for its VR portfolio. 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.

The Vive Pro Eye from HTC will incorporate the use of eye tracking technology. "The gamer-friendly, versatile design [of the new VR controllers] is useful in all sorts of VR content", HTC states.

HTC just upped the ante toward more immersive virtual reality experiences, with the help of none other than integrated eye-tracking. The Vive Pro Eye left us feeling it's geared towards business and commercial use, not gamers.

Starting Vive Day, April 5, 2019, members can download and play any of the 500+ titles in the Viveport Infinity library with no restrictions. The headset does not require external sensors to track motion, allowing for it to be used in a wide variety of contexts.

If this already has you sold on the headset, it's worth noting that even though no price point was announced, it'll likely be more expensive than the established Vive Pro headset at $799. 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.

The Command Center now offers GPU overclocking (and underclocking), allowing changes to take effect at the system level and work in conjunction with CPU and RAM overclocking as well as thermals. "We want VR to feel less like launching apps and instead like stepping between worlds", says Drew Bamford, VP, Creative Labs, HTC Vive.

As we jumped into our first demo, the Vive Pro Eye walked us through a brief setup where you adjust your IPD (interpupillary distance or the distance between your pupils) and then use your eyes to follow a small red dot that appears sporadically in different locations on the screen.

But HTC Vive has been working on a 6DoF version, which AMD had on demonstration with an HTC Vive Focus to showcase its ReLive livestreaming technology.

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