CES 2019 was a busy one for HTC Vive. It’s largest announcement was undoubtedly Vive Cosmos, a brand new PC VR headset. It’s not a sequel to the unique Vive, however it’s a client product in contrast to the Vive Professional and newly-announced Vive Professional Eye.

Confused but?

Nicely don’t fear. Under, we’ve rounded up every part we learn about Vive Cosmos to date. The headset’s not attributable to launch till later within the yr, so verify again typically for the most recent updates and extra.

It’s A PC-Based mostly Headset

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Let’s get this out of the best way first: Vive Cosmos is just not a standalone VR headset. Like the unique Vive and Professional fashions, it connects to a PC. HTC sees this as a brand new pressure of VR gadget that will entice folks that haven’t but purchased a PC VR headset. Count on it to run well-liked PC VR video games like Arizona Sunshine and Superhot VR.

However It Would possibly Join To Different Gadgets Too

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Whereas we all know Cosmos will connect with PCs firstly, it feels like different gadgets can energy it too. HTC says it is a headset for residence use and, cryptically, on-the-go too. Within the announcement trailer above you may see a telephone propped subsequent to the headset. We would have the ability to plug our telephones into the equipment for a scalable VR expertise. The Vive Cosmos web site additionally describes the headset as modular, that means you’ll have the ability to customise it. Count on to listen to extra about this function within the months forward.

It’s Acquired Inside Out Monitoring

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Maybe the largest distinction between Vive Cosmos and different PC-based Vives is the inside-out monitoring. Whereas Vive and Vive Professional use SteamVR’s Lighthouse system, which requires exterior base stations positioned round a room, Cosmos does all of its monitoring internally. Whereas the headset debuted with 4 cameras fitted to the headset are capable of scan the atmosphere round you, HTC has since revealed a redesigned look with six in complete. These present six levels of freedom (6DOF) positional monitoring. This can make it a lot simpler to arrange VR, although we don’t but know if the accuracy will stand as much as SteamVR.

The Display Flips Up

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Have a look at that! Simply flip it up and also you’re again in the actual world! Wow!

It’s Acquired New Controllers And They Look Very Acquainted

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Together with base stations, Cosmos additionally does away with the unique Vive controllers. Their replacements look strikingly just like the brand new Oculus Quest controllers. There’s a monitoring ring that runs over your hand for the headset to see, similar to on Quest. We do want the snazzy monitoring sample on the Cosmos controllers, although. For the primary time ever on Vive hardware, there’s additionally an analog stick as a substitute of a trackpad. Two face buttons and a devoted House button additionally function as does a set off.

HTC Says It’s Its Lightest Headset But

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This can be a little bit of an odd one. At 645 grams, HTC says Cosmos is its lightest headset but. Nonetheless, people who pay shut consideration will know the unique Vive weighs in round 550g. We requested HTC to make clear, to which it reasoned Cosmos weighs lower than a Vive with the Deluxe Audio Strap (DAS). The DAS added in built-in audio, which Cosmos already has, so the corporate argues it is a truthful comparability.

It’s Going To Have Vive’s Finest Display But

HTC isn’t revealing official specs for Vive Cosmos simply but. That stated, on the Cosmos web site, the corporate claims it should have its ‘sharpest display but’. That means that equipment may beat even the Vive Professional’s 2880×1600 (1440×1600 per eye) show.

It’s Powered By A New Platform

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HTC additionally introduced Vive Actuality System at CES. It’s a model new platform that can function each a consumer interface and a social service. You’ll have the ability to purchase and launch VR experiences, entry a VR internet browser and, most significantly, meet up with buddies. Vive Cosmos would be the first headset that’s powered by the platform. Cosmos remains to be going to assist SteamVR in some type, however extra particulars on that can arrive final down the road.

It’s Out Later This Yr

HTC remains to be dedicated to bringing Vive Cosmos to market in 2019. Clearly there’s not a lot of 2019 left, so count on information within the close to future.

We Don’t Know How A lot It Prices

This is among the largest questions surrounding Vive Cosmos. If it’s a consumer-level equipment then we’d count on it to be priced beneath Vive Professional’s steep $799 entry level. A current retailer itemizing suggests it could possibly be priced round £699.99, which might more likely to work out the identical in dollars. We’ll have to attend just a few extra months to seek out out, however fingers crossed that the worth is correct.