CES 2019: HTC Vive Reality System Is Like PlayStation Home For VR

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HTC Vive users will be able to experience their virtual reality headset in a new way thanks to Vive Reality System, a reinvention of the headset's core software that creates a world around the user, allowing them to engage with the software in a more immersive way. Vive Reality System was announced during CES 2019 and conjures memories of PlayStation Home, a virtual world social world that Sony launched on PS3.

Like PlayStation Home, Vive Reality System is very much focused on social interactions and all that entails. This means that users will be able to connect with each other and partake in activities such as watching videos, playing games, and "other creative experiences," according to HTC.

It seems many of the interactions users will have will be through a "Lens," which effectively gives them a window into other virtual worlds and applications running on the hardware. These can be thought of as pop-up windows for applications, much like those used on personal computers or mobile devices, except in a completely virtual world.

What HTC showed of Vive Reality System at CES was described as a "glimpse" at it, which means it'll likely show more in the coming weeks and months. The company did not announce when Vive Reality System will launch.

Following the announcement of Vive Reality System, HTC finished up its press conference by revealing Vive Cosmos, the newest VR headset in its stable. Vive Cosmos will offer "comfort, easy setup, and will require no external tracking," according to HTC. It will also allow users to experience VR at home and on-the-go. HTC has promised to reveal more about Vive Cosmos soon.

During the presentation HTC also showed off the Vive Pro Eye, a new enterprise-focused version of the headset that features native eye tracking technology. This, HTC says, will deliver "greater accessibility, gaze-oriented menu navigation" and effectively eliminate the need to use controllers to get around the interface.

In terms of gaming, it announced Viveport Infinity, a subscription service that, for a monthly fee, will grant members access to a library of games. For more on CES you can check out GameSpot's hub and also head over to CNET for comprehensive coverage of everything going on at the show.

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Ahhh, Playstation Home, the thing that the fanboys were convinced was going to sink the 360, downloading it took longer than the average users lifetime usage.

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@collingtonuk: I don't recall anyone saying that. Only comparison I remember is how much better avatars in Home was to MS' avatar idea. Also I could download it in less than an hour were you still on dial up?

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@Grishrak: The fanboys were hard for Home back in the day, and it probably took 5-10 minutes to download and install. Like I said, way longer than the average users lifetime usage.

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Thats a lot of Knuckles avatars.

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"It will also allow users to experience VR at home and on-the-go."

On-the-go? It's bad enough people running into you because they were paying more attention to their cellphone. Now they will have full headsets on.

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@lion2447: I'm thinking it will be more like the hololens rather than a full headset. Still crazy distracting though.

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@Barighm: So in other words, they will be staring right at you as they walk into you. Lol.

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