Several other specifications have also been stated.
HTC Vive is slowly teasing with new information about the upcoming Vive Cosmos headset, which was first introduced during CES 2019. After a short video last week with the latest design version, the company finally released some useful specifications for virtual reality enthusiasts ( VR) to get their attention.
At the moment, only one image shown above is published. HTC Vive Cosmos will have a combined resolution of 2880 × 1770 (1440 × 1700 per eye) using an LCD display. This is 88% more than the original HTC Vive, which came out with a resolution of 1080 × 1200 by eye. There is no specific mention of whether there will be one or two panels, although the infographics asserts “real RGB panels”.
With red, green and blue subpixels, the display will increase their number compared to the OLED display of HTC Vive. While OLED works better in darker situations, LCD has its advantages for VR, including faster switching, so the Valve Index also uses an LCD display.
Vive Cosmos will maintain a refresh rate of 90 Hz, complying with Vive manufacturing standards, although displays installed for example in the Oculus Rift S start playing with this parameter, because the frequency of the Rift S is 80 Hz.
The information also states that “the clarity of the lens has been improved by 40% compared to the original Vive.” Although this is said rather vaguely and does not clarify what exactly HTC Vive has developed, the image shows that this model seems to use Fresnel lenses, so hopefully the lens sharpness has been improved just like in the new Oculus HMDs.
Speaking about the Oculus, the Vive Cosmos can certainly be noted that it looks like a competitor to the Oculus Rift S, with its six external tracking cameras, PC-based and halo-style headband. But there are a few differences. Vive Cosmos has a ventilated removable front panel, which contains two lenses. This new venting system was designed to provide high-quality air ventilation, so users can stay longer in VR, leaving the device at an acceptable temperature. Additionally, the removable faceplate may be updated for various future XR needs.
There is still no word about the price or exact release date, and the 3Q2019 window is still in the game.
VRcue will continue to monitor HTC Vive Cosmos devices, keeping you updated with the latest news.