HTC launches eye-tracking Vive Pro Eye in US for $1,599

A powerful VR headset doesn't come cheap.

Eli Blumenthal Senior Editor
Eli Blumenthal is a senior editor at CNET with a particular focus on covering the latest in the ever-changing worlds of telecom, streaming and sports. He previously worked as a technology reporter at USA Today.
Expertise 5G, mobile networks, wireless carriers, phones, tablets, streaming devices, streaming platforms, mobile and console gaming,
Eli Blumenthal

HTC's Vive Pro Eye brings eye-tracking to VR headsets. 


HTC's latest VR headset is now available, for those willing to pay a hefty price. 

Designed for businesses and not consumers, the $1,599 Vive Pro Eye builds on last year's consumer-focused Vive Pro , adding precision eye tracking, heatmapping and gaze tracking to the already powerful Vive Pro. 

First announced at CES, the PC-connected virtual reality goggles already appear to have made fans in BMW and Major League Baseball, with the automaker using it to let consumers virtually into its BMW M series and MLB using it to let fans play a new home run derby game without the need for a traditional controller. 

As with HTC's more consumer-oriented $799 Vive Pro HMD, controllers are not included with the Vive Pro Eye. The two headsets share many of the same specs including similar resolutions of 1440x1600 per eye, 3.5-inch displays, a 90Hz refresh rate and 110-degree field of view and the same minimum PC requirements. 

The Pro Eye, of course, adds the eye-tracking, OLED displays instead of AMOLED and some headphone ergonomic improvements to justify its loftier price tag. 

The new headset is available now on Vive .com and from "select retailers."

Watch this: Bucket lists get checked off in VR

VR gets arty at Tribeca Film Festival 2019

See all photos