HTC has demonstrated that their Vive Cosmos VR virtual reality helmet will be available for pre-order starting September 12.

Done! Pre-orders for the new HTC Vive Cosmos VR virtual reality helmet will be available starting September 12. HTC will unveil selected media previews of hardware this week.

Cosmos is a major departure from the original HTC 2016 system, developed jointly with Valve. The new system is HTC’s updated tracking technology. The headset has six cameras facing outward for tracking. The system works on a PC and with other devices. That is all we know at the time of this writing.

Earlier this year, HTC’s original partner, Valve, launched the Index VR headset. The updated headset allowed early Vive customers to upgrade from the original system, with the price tag for the new product starting at $ 500. The full Valve Index system costs about $ 1,000, plus a PC for its operation. Facebook, meanwhile, has released Rift S in partnership with Lenovo as a new version of its original 2016 VR system. Rift S has a built-in tracking system, like HTC, and costs only $ 400. However, it is worth remembering that the headset does not have mechanical adjustment of interpupillary distance. The adjustment function is present on the original Rift, HTC Vive, as well as Index Valve. This is a nice addition for some buyers with non-standard face shapes and distances between eyes that are outside of the average distributions.

Pre-order for HTC Vive Cosmos opens in September

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