Having debuted the HTC Vive Pro Eye during CES 2019 at the start of the year, HTC Vive has today announced that the enterprise-focused headset with in-built eye tracking has now gone on sale in Europe, with a starting price of £1499 GBP.
The new headset features the latest eye tracking technology from Tobii which will unlock a range of functions to assist enterprise applications. These can range from more intuitive social interactions using expressive avatars in meeting and collaboration tools, foveated rendering to reduce PC workloads, and capturing real-time user feedback through heatmapping and gaze tracking to gain insight into user behaviour and decision processes.
Compatible with SteamVR 2.0 base stations, the HTC Vive Pro Eye is flexible enough to demo seated experiences all the way up to full 10m x 10m room-scale for multi-user environments. The headset features dual-OLED displays with a combined resolution of 2880 x 1600 pixels (1440 x 1600 pixels per eye), a 110-degree field of view (FOV), dual integrated microphones and removable headphones.
“The Vive Pro has been the go-to VR solution for businesses around the world. The Vive Pro Eye takes this technology one step further as the demands for enterprise-grade VR grow and evolve,” says Graham Wheeler, GM, HTC Europe in a statement. “From more effective training to more insightful data analytics, it provides professional users with the tools to continue improving the way we work through VR.”
“The Vive Pro Eye has taken everything that was great about the Vive Pro and pushed it to the next level,” adds Chris O’Connor, Technical Director at Zerolight. “Using this headset’s eye tracking technology, we can add significant extra value to our clients’ projects with foveated rendering and detailed user behaviour insights.”
During the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference (GTC) a couple of months ago the company stated that the HTC Vive Pro Eye is the preferred head-mounted display (HMD) for NVIDIA’s Variable Rate Shading (VRS) technology.
You don’t have to be a business customer to purchase the HTC Vive Pro Eye for £1499. If you are then the headset will be bundled with Advantage, an enterprise licence and 2-year warranty for commercial use, putting the price up to £1,697.00. VRFocus will continue its coverage of HTC Vive, reporting back with the latest hardware developments.
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Author: Peter Graham