No doubt about it, there are plenty of VR headsets on the market but few of them offer what the newly-launched Vive Pro Eye has in store: a heavy specs list with eye-tracking technology and a price to match.
HTC just launched the Vive Pro Eye, a VR headset with an eye-watering $1,600 price tag but specs to match.
The sequel to last year’s Vive Pro, this VR headset not only includes precision eye-tracking but also gaze tracking and heat mapping to build on its predecessor’s legacy.
All of those features indicate that HTC is heavily chasing commercial and business users, as eye-tracking could help companies build better VR products by analyzing exactly how the users interact with them. The headset is “designed to meet the needs of the most discerning commercial clients” and promises to “improve simulations, insights, and processing”.
BMW is already using it to allow wannabe purchasers to virtually experience the BMW M series, so you should expect to see this VR headset in some dealerships.
To justify the jump from $799 to $1,599, HTC replaced the AMOLED displays of last year’s Vive Pro with OLED and made the headphones much more ergonomic. However, all things considered, those regular Joes who want a powerful VR headset won’t find much reason to upgrade to the Vive Pro Eye.
In terms of specs, it shares much with its older brother: both have 3.5-inch displays with 1440 x 1600 px resolution per eye and a 110-degree FoV.
They also share the same PC requirements (upwards of Intel Core i5-4590 or AMD FX 8350) and both do not ship with controllers for the base package.
For those making VR experiences, the Vive Pro Eye’s eye-tracking will provide valuable insight into how users interact with the products and what captures their attention from second to second.
This new VR headset is already up on sale on HTC’s official website.