Headset HTC Vive Cosmos VR will be launched in the third quarter of this year.
The HTC Getting Started Guide explains that the headset uses the OpenVR SDK, so it must support existing Vive and Vive Pro content. The company introduced 3D models of new controllers and calls on developers to update their games so that they work well with them.
HTC PC Helmets
The original HTC Vive was launched in 2016 for $ 799. Today it is priced at $ 499, but with new headsets such as the Oculus Rift S and Valve Index on the market, its resolution looks outdated.
Vive Pro, released in 2018, was focused on the commercial market. He improved the resolution and comfort, but retained the same controllers, and the full set at a cost began with $ 1,100.
HTC returned to consumer space
Cosmos is the next consumer offer for HTC PC users. Unlike the original Vive, it was designed and developed directly on HTC, and not in partnership with Valve. In turn, the latter is now releasing its own VR headset Index, too, without HTC.
Cosmos aims to improve resolution, lenses and Vive comfort and switches to inline tracking with four cameras. Like Microsoft and Facebook, HTC has developed a computer-based tracking system that also sees controllers.
The controllers have been completely redesigned, having similarities with the new Oculus Touch controllers for the Rift S and Quest. And as touch controllers, the novelty uses joysticks, not trackpads.
HTC claims Cosmos has its “clearest” screens. Given that the Vive Pro used OLED panels of 1440 × 1600, this may mean that it uses JDI 2160 × 2160 panels that are built into HP Reverb.
Like all HTC headsets, Cosmos has a mechanical IPD adjustment. It connects to the PC with a cable, while it is not known whether the Vive wireless adapter will be compatible with it.
Since HTC believes that some users only want external tracking or rely on their Vive trackers, the original Vive should still be sold. Unlike Facebook, HTC does not give up on its 2016 headset. HTC has not yet announced whether Vive will receive another price reduction, but this seems likely.
Place in the market
Depending on how HTC evaluates it, Cosmos can be positioned as an average platform between Rift S and Index from Valve. Some enthusiasts believe that the Rift S makes too many major compromises and not enough improves the original Rift. At the same time, however, for many the Valve Index is too expensive.
HTC also hinted that Cosmos will support the use of smartphones for specific Android content, but this feature will not be available at launch and does not yet have a release window. It will also probably work only on specific Snapdragon 855 devices.
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