The new HTC Vive Pro Eye headset comes with integrated eye tracking

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During its VIVE press conference earlier today, HTC has unveiled its next virtual reality headset called VIVE Cosmos.

That HTC, which reported a 62 percent drop in revenue year-on-year in its last earnings call, is hoping for virtual reality to revitalise its business is no secret: The company has been pushing its Vive platform heavily, from launching the high-end Vive Pro and self-contained Vive Focus to announcing software subscription offerings, big-budget film tie-ins, in-house studios, and even accelerator and venture capital programmes created to boost uptake of VR technology. That means that no matter what direction your eyes are looking on the screen, you will always be seeing a sharp image instead of having to turn your head and keep your eyes locked forward. We don't have pricing indications but reckon the Vive Cosmos will sit somewhere beneath the updated Vive Pro when it comes out.

Eye-tracking technology is exactly what it sounds like: hardware baked into the device that monitors where the user looks within the virtual environment. Unlike the Vive and Vive Pro, the Cosmos won't require external trackers, and is optimized for comfort and ease of use. That's right. This headset tracks your eye movements. HTC explains that the eye tracking takes place via LED sensors located around the lenses inside the HMD.

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.

As the name suggests, HTC Vive Pro Eye uses built-in eye tracking.

Admittedly, we don't know much more about the Vive Cosmos than that at the moment. Cosmos can still also be powered by a PC or a laptop, but it seems like mobile will be the next steps for VR functionality. Lockheed Martin is using the Vive Pro Eye to help train student pilots, for example.

Last but not least, HTC is working with both Firefox and Amazon AWS to reinvent the web for VR.

The back of the HTC Vive Pro Eye headset.

On the services side, HTC announced Viveport Infinity, a long-term VR subscription service giving customers access to over 500 apps, including "top games" and educational apps, for a monthly fee.

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