HTC’s subsequent PC VR headset is priced at $699. Pre orders are actually reside, and it’ll launch globally on October three.
Cosmos replaces the unique HTC Vive, which HTC tells us is “popping out of the market very shortly”. The unique Vive launched at $799 over three years in the past, then was lower to $599 in late 2017, and at last to $499 in 2018.
What’s Modified: Specs
The unique Vive has the bottom angular decision of any PC headset in the marketplace as we speak. Cosmos solves this with twin 1440×1700 LCD panels, giving it increased decision than something however the HP Reverb– increased than even the Vive Professional Eye and Valve Index. These new panels are paired with new lenses which have a bigger space of readability.
Whereas the unique Vive used the SteamVR “Lighthouse” monitoring system, Cosmos makes use of inside-out monitoring. This implies patrons now not must arrange base stations. The headset options whole of six onboard cameras as a substitute, greater than we’ve seen in another headset. HTC claims this supplies a 310 diploma controller monitoring vary. We went palms on with Cosmos and located that whereas monitoring largely labored effectively, it generally took a number of seconds to re-establish when a controller goes fully out of view.
Just like the Oculus Rift S, if you depart your play space you’ll see the actual world by way of these cameras. However in contrast to the Rift S, this view is in full shade.
The long-lasting Vive wand controllers have been changed with Oculus Contact-like controllers. In contrast to Contact nevertheless, they characteristic twin index finger triggers and use two AA batteries every as a substitute of 1. This could give builders extra choices for management schemes and enhance battery life, although we haven’t examined that but.
Lastly, the ski masks strap has been changed with a halo band with built-in headphones. HTC claims Cosmos has the very best weight distribution of any of its headsets but, although it’s not total the lightest. The headset itself additionally flips as much as help you simply see the actual world each time wanted.
Telephone Compatibility Lacking
When Cosmos was first introduced again at CES in January, HTC prompt that it will have help for smartphones in addition to your PC. That characteristic gained’t be accessible at launch. HTC instructed us it’s “on the roadmap”, however declined to provide any additional particulars.
Meaning we nonetheless don’t know which telephones will likely be supported and what precise apps they may have the ability to run. For now, consider Cosmos as squarely a PC VR headset.