VR gaming has been going from strength to strength over the last few years, and with the addition of more and more games coming with VR modes, it looks set to continue to grow as well. VR gaming technology has had to grow with it as well. Playstation VR has fast become a fan-favorite, but it’s brands like Oculus and HTC that are really coming out on top. That’s why the HTC Vive Cosmos release is such a hot topic.
HTC Vive Cosmos Release
In a bid to get the upper hand on their rival, the Oculus Rift S, the HTC Vive Cosmos release date is set for October 3rd, 2019. This will be HTC’s fourth VR headset after the Vive, Vive Pro, and Vive Focus, and will hands-down, be the best one yet.
Geared towards gamers, it was first announced at CES 2019. And, we’ve recently got another update with their price point. Just like their other VR headsets, this one comes in for quite a pretty penny. The HTC Vive Cosmos will retail at $699, almost double the cost of the Oculus Rift S.
HTC Vive Cosmos Specs
HTC has given us a full run-down of the specs that we can expect from their new VR headset. So, let’s take a closer look at what we can expect from the HTC Vive Cosmos.
The Vive Cosmos comes with six camera sensors for more accurate tracking than ever before. That means a more immersive experience for your favorite VR games – winning.
HTC has said that the Vive Cosmos will come with an impressive 2880 x 1700 combined pixel resolution. That stands at an 88% increase from their original Vive headset.
One thing I love about this headset is the flip-up design. It means you can go from virtual reality to actual reality in one quick move – no fuss required. There’s less messing around taking off your headset, just when you got it perfectly positioned when interruptions happen.
Vive Cosmos Controllers
The controllers glow when they’re in use to allow the cameras to more accurately track your movements, and they also look really cool. They come with all the standard buttons you’d expect and well as a joystick on each controller, so you can jump right into any game.
One of the big marketing pushes from HTC is that their new headset will come with numerous modding options. The first of these is called Vive Cosmos External Tracking Mod and allows you to use your Cosmos with a base station. They will be releasing more mods over the lifespan of the headset, meaning it should manage to stand the test of time pretty well.
HTC is also selling a wireless adapter for the Cosmos, so you can play completely untethered. We all know the pain of getting tangled in your wires when you forget they’re there. This should make for an even better VR gaming experience, that’s for sure.
HTC VivePort Infinity
For those that pre-order the headset before it’s October release, you’ll also get access to VivePort Infinity for 12 months, completely free. VivePort Infinity is HTC’s game library, filled with over 600 games and apps that you can play using their headsets.
Subscription to the service usually costs consumers $12.99 a month, so including it with the new headset is a real boon.
If you’re working on a VR-ready PC build, then the HTC Vive Cosmos should definitely be on your radar. This new headset looks to be a game-changer, and we can’t wait to get our hands on it and immerse ourselves in some of our favorite games (no matter how many times I play the opening of Skyrim in VR, it just doesn’t get old!).
What do you think? Will you go for the HTC Vive Cosmos or stick with the Oculus Rift S? Let us know in the comments below!