HTC Vive Cosmos Ushers in Next-Generation of VR on October 3rd

Ruben Fields
September 19, 2019

The Vive Cosmos headset by HTC finally has a release date with pricing.

Admittedly, it's not like you technically need the base stations in order to use the Cosmos, as its six camera sensors and all-new tracking system allow for proper inside-out tracking.

The headset made its debut at this year's CES and is HTC's fourth headset after original HTC Vive, HTC Vive Pro and the recently released HTC Vive Focus that the company marketed toward enterprise users. But so far only one has been revealed in the form of the External Tracking Mod, which adds compatibility with existing Vive Lighthouse base station tracking bits, with the goal of boosting tracking performance.

HTC Vive Cosmos is the very first company to have a VR headset to get shipped with HTC's latest system.

The headset is aimed at making VR easy and convenient to use, with a flip-up design so you're not faffing about trying to pry your giant head out it for ages.

The Vive Cosmos is not a standalone headset like the Oculus Quest for example, so it'll need a connection to a PC and thus comes with a USB 3.0 port and DisplayPort 1.2.

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The Vive Cosmos is also utilizing the highest resolution display to ever grace a Vive HMD; a 2880 x 1700 resolution fast-switching LCD with RGB stripe configuration.

The Vive Cosmos has upgraded LCD panels that have a combined resolution of 2880 x 1700 pixels and a refresh rate of 90 Hz. This first base station-compatible mod supports Vive's ecosystem of peripherals including the Vive Tracker, delivering unprecedented input freedom for VR controls.

Those that pre-order will also receive a 12-month Viveport Infinity subscription as part of their purchase. Today, pre-orders have now gone live, pricing the device at £699 GBP/$699 Dollars whilst revealing further details for interested customers. The most unique thing about Vive Cosmos is the new modular faceplate design that can change the functionality of the headset through different mods.

Viveport Infinity gives unlimited access to hundreds of top-rated VR apps, games, and videos like A Fisherman's Tale, Fujii, and Ninja Legends, as well as premium videos from top brands like GoPro, Discovery Channel, and Animal Planet.

The Cosmos comes with two remotes and is compatible with the Vive Wireless Adapter (sold separately), for a completely untethered VR experience.

Vive Wireless Adapter support: Yes, sold separately with attach kit.

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