- HTC Vive Cosmos: a definition almost doubled compared to the first Vive
- A tracking system without external sensors like the Oculus Rift S
- HTC Vive Cosmos: price and release date
Initially unveiled at CES in January 2019, the new VR headset HTC Vive Cosmos is finally official. We now know the price, the release date, but also the technical characteristics and specificities of this device.
HTC Vive Cosmos: a definition almost doubled compared to the first Vive
In terms of technical characteristics, this helmet offers a definition of 2880 × 1700 pixels. This represents an increase of 88% compared to the original Vive launched in early 2016. In two years, the definition of the screen has therefore almost doubled…
In addition, like the Valve Index and the Oculus Rift S, the Cosmos abandons OLED screens in favor of LCD screens. This makes it possible to limit the distance between the pixels, but also to reduce the grid effect which disturbs many users. The field of view is 110 degrees and the refresh rate is 90Hz, as on previous Vive.
With its completely redesigned design, the Vive Cosmos emphasizes comfort and ergonomics. Thus, the retractable “flip-up” visor makes it possible to return to reality very quickly without having to remove the helmet entirely. An on-ear audio headset is integrated, and new controllers similar to the Oculus Touch will allow more natural and precise interactions in VR.
A tracking system without external sensors like the Oculus Rift S
Like the Oculus Rift S, the Cosmos says goodbye to tracking stations for the benefit of a inside-out monitoring system operating without external sensors. With this system, the user's movements will be directly captured by six cameras integrated into the helmet. This not only facilitates installation, but also offers a feeling of amplified immersion. In fact, with this new product, HTC is catching up with its great rival Oculus.
However, the main strength of the Vive Cosmos is its modularity. It is possible to connect different modules to the front panel to add functionality or customize the device. This is a great first in the industry.
Firstly, le module ” External Tracking Mod “, scheduled for early 2020, will for example let those who wish to use the new helmet with Lighthouse tracking stations for more accurate tracking.
Over time, different modules will be marketed to enrich the experience offered by the device. However, HTC has yet to reveal what other modules are in the works ...
HTC Vive Cosmos: price and release date
In addition, the Vive Cosmos is the first VR headset compatible with the new Vive Reality operating system specially designed for virtual reality. Rather than a simple menu inspired by traditional interfaces, this system offers to dive directly into a virtual world from which it is possible to launch other applications.
The headset also comes with a 12-month subscription to the Viveport Infinity service, providing access to an extensive catalog of games and videos. This subscription will be offered to anyone who pre-orders the Cosmos before October 2, 2019. Pre-orders are open now, and the device will be available. from October 3, 2019 in Europe for a price of 799 euros.