The Vive Cosmos headset by HTC finally has a release date with pricing. The upcoming HMD has been in the works for quite awhile and the untethered unit by the company is set to make a splash in the western markets.
The Vive Cosmos is the latest premium PC-based virtual reality headset created with a new level of accessibility and ease of use, designed to grow with users over time through a modular faceplate design that can change the functionality of the headset, such as the newly announced Vive Cosmos External Tracking Mod.
“Since Vive began our VR journey, we’ve continued to refine and improve on what a premium VR experience can and should be,” said Daniel O’Brien, GM, Americas, HTC Vive. “Cosmos offers an unmatched experience and is also our most versatile headset yet—with inside-out tracking, options in the future for different faceplates, unlimited content in the box, and the new user interface, we see limitless possibilities for XR customers.”
The goal of the Vive Cosmos is to adapt to the needs of VR users with ease, versatility, and performance at the forefront. It will offer a simplified setup that makes getting into VR faster and easier with six camera sensors for wide inside-out tracking.
Cosmos features a 2880 x 1700 combined pixel resolution which is an 88% increase over the original Vive. It will include an all-new LCD panels to reduce the distance between pixels and combined with real RGB displays minimize screen-door effect.
Vive Cosmos Specs
Screen: Dual 3.4″ LCD diagonal
Resolution: 1440 x 1700 pixels per eye (2880 x 1700 pixels combined)
Refresh rate: 90 Hz
Field of view: 110 degrees
Audio: Built-in stereo headphones
Required PC connectivity: USB 3.0, DisplayPort™ 1.2
Peripheral Ports: USB-C 3.0, proprietary connection to mods
Tracking: no minimum space requirements for standing/seated, minimum 2m x 1.5m for room-scale mode
Module Faceplates: Vive Motion Mod (ships with Cosmos) and Vive Cosmos External Tracking Mod (sold separately)
Vive Wireless Adapter support: Yes, sold separately with attach kit. Available PCIe slot required
The headset will include a unique flip-up design that allows users to jump into VR quicker. The ergonomics and comfort will allow for longer VR experiences and it will also include an integrated on-ear headphones. Cosmos also features completely redesigned controllers that is said to provide more comfort for longer playing experiences. Cosmos is compatible with the Vive Wireless Adapter as well.
Vive Cosmos release date and price
The first official “mod”, for the Vive Cosmos will be the External Tracking Mod for users that want to continue to use their existing Lighthouse base stations for tracking scenarios, but also take advantage of the performance of Vive Cosmos. “This first base station-compatible mod supports Vive’s ecosystem of peripherals including the Vive Tracker, delivering unprecedented input freedom for VR controls,” said the HTC Vive team. This new mod is slated to be available in Q1 of next year.
Pre-orders for the Vive Cosmos is available today starting at $699. The headsets will start shipping on October 3rd. The Vive Cosmos will come with a 12-month free subscription to Viveport for users who pre-order the headset by October 2.