Eye-tracking Vive VR headset headlines HTC's CES 2019 showcase

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HTC Announces Vive Cosmos, A VR Headset That Can Seemingly be Powered by Your Phone

HTC says it plans to make the Vive Pro Eye available to developers later this year, and it's already been working with a select group of partners on experiences for the new headset.

HTC's virtual reality division, Vive, has announced new high-end tethered and self-contained virtual reality devices, the Vive Pro Eye and Vive Cosmos respectively, along with new software offerings including an all-you-can-eat software subscription.

But nothing offered the most important thing: clear, defined timescales and prices about when you can actually buy this stuff and how much it'll cost.

Last year, HTC unveiled Viveport VR subscriptions, which let you download and play with up to five titles a month for around $9 a month.

Why not tell us the cost? Over 1,000 new games have been introduced to the platform since then. In other words: you can navigate around menus and other content just by looking at them. And while consumers are still lukewarm of VR, it's truly an exciting time for the technology. Almost half a decade later, VR still isn't something people are desperate to own, and they don't feel the loss as they've never tried it. It'll be launching on April 5th, which is also HTC's "Vive Day". "VR and AR need to be about experiences, not applications", he said. Pricing and availability of the new Vive Cosmos is yet to be made official. Will it be wired?

The Cosmos' main focus is on comfort. Why hint at something that consumers will get the most excited about and then not elaborate any further?

Unfortunately, other details on the headset are still incredibly sparse, and HTC's announcement of the device was more of a teaser than a formal reveal.

As the name suggests, HTC Vive Pro Eye uses built-in eye tracking. It still could very well be the future of entertainment.

This is where the Vive Cosmo comes in. A render that appeared on-screen during HTC's CES press conference clearly showed a smartphone form factor overlaid onto the headset, though the company stopped short of outright saying it would work with smartphones.

We'd like to give you a first look at VIVE COSMOS, the newest VR headset from VIVE.

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