HTC will release its PC-powered Vive Cosmos VR headset next month. Originally unveiled earlier this year at CES, the Cosmos is HTC's latest bid for a mainstream VR headset. Unlike the original HTC Vive, the Cosmos does not require external sensors and uses fully monitored motion controllers. HTC has also upgraded the LCD panels, with a combined resolution of 2,880 x 1,700, a field of view of 110 degrees and even a refresh rate of 90Hz.
HTC uses inside-out tracking on the Cosmos, and the headset also has folding glasses so you can take a break from VR without having to remove the entire headset. The biggest new addition is a modular faceplate with which you can adjust the headset with extra functionality over time. HTC has previously hinted that it can connect Cosmos to a smartphone in the future, but today the company is launching an External Tracking Mod. With this mod you can use the Vive Cosmos with your existing Lighthouse base stations to get full 360-degree tracking and support for Vive Tracker. The Cosmos is also compatible with the Vive Wireless Adapter.
HTC & # 39; s Vive Cosmos is also the company's first VR headset that comes with the company's new Vive Reality system, instead of SteamVR. HTC has developed a redesigned user interface called Lens that allows owners to navigate XR Viveport Infinity apps. HTC also bundles a 12-month Viveport Infinity subscription if you pre-order the Vive Cosmos before 2 October. HTC is open pre-orders immediatelyand the Cosmos will ship on October 3 for $ 699.