HTC Vive is famous for premium-level virtual-reality (VR) headsets; however, that always come at the price of establishing intrusive base stations about a living room to enable the headset’s tracking abilities. However, the HTC Vive Cosmos will change that with a base station-free design, and HTC declared that it’d cost $699 for gamers and tech lovers to try it out. Pre-orders have already begun, and the headset hits stores October 3.
The Cosmos is coming with a feature similar to the Valve Index’s interestingly titled Frunk. Like the Index, the Cosmos’ faceplate is detachable and has a USB port underneath for modding or adding third-party accessories. However, the Index has a Type-A port, whereas the Cosmos sports USB-C.
HTC guarantees the Cosmos’ controllers are more comfortable and functional than their ancestor. At the very least, they also look snazzier than the old plastic-looking Vive buttons, with help from the addition of white lighting worthy of the Cosmos branding. They run on two AA batteries, has a system button, trigger, bumper, joystick grip button and a pair of action buttons on the run on gyro and G sensors, a hall sensor, and touch sensors.
The Cosmos’ room-scale inside-out tracking, makes use of six digital camera sensors and requires a space of not less than 2×1.5m. Screen resolution is about at 2880 x 1700 total, which is 88% greater than the original HTC Vive headset. The head-mounted display (HMD) will run 90 frames per second with RGB panels, which sport RGB subpixels The Index, HP Reverb and Oculus Rift S use RGB panels, too.
HTC is trying to lure customers further with a free 12-month Viveport Infinity subscription with pre-orders by October 2.