HTC has introduced that its Oculus Rift S rival – the HTC Vive Cosmos – can be obtainable for pre-orders beginning October 24, 2019 at a worth level of AED three,299 with the discharge date set at November 14.
The headset made its debut at this 12 months’s CES and is HTC’s fourth headset after authentic HTC Vive, HTC Vive Professional and the not too long ago launched HTC Vive Focus that the corporate marketed towards enterprise customers.
The HTC Vive Cosmos is unquestionably extra gamer-oriented and, on paper at the least, stacks up properly in opposition to the Oculus Rift S that was launched earlier this 12 months: Neither headset requires the usage of exterior trackers (in HTC’s case, base stations), nevertheless each require a hardwired connection to a PC to work.
In response to specs launched by HTC, the Cosmos will characteristic a 2880 x 1700 mixed pixel decision – an 88% improve over the unique Vive which had a 2160 x 1200 decision – a 90Hz refresh fee and a 110-degree field-of-view.
Even higher is that those who pre-order the headset forward of its October launch date can be eligible for a 12-month subscription to Viveport Infinity at no cost that permits you unrestricted entry to over 600 video games and apps – a subscription that will normally value AD 420 per 12 months.
Meet HTC’s first ‘modular’ headset
One side that HTC desires to play up earlier than launch is the Cosmos’ versatile mod help that can allow new options on the headset sooner or later.
The primary of those mods, referred to as the Vive Cosmos Exterior Monitoring Mod, can be obtainable at launch and allows the headset to work with base stations.
Why would you need your new tracker-less VR headset to be suitable with wired base stations? Properly, HTC does not precisely say however does allude to the truth that base stations do a greater job of monitoring the controllers than the headset does by itself – which is smart given the front-facing orientation of its cameras.
HTC says it’s going to produce extra mods for the Cosmos sooner or later and can launch the second module within the first a part of 2020.
Going toe-to-toe with the Oculus Rift S
Whereas the HTC Vive Cosmos looks as if an enormous step up from the unique Vive that the corporate launched again in June 2016, its greatest problem is the Oculus Rift S. Oculus’ hardware has comparable specs, can have entry to lots of the identical video games, makes use of comparable inside-out monitoring and can enchantment to the identical viewers.
The issue right here clearly is that Oculus is promoting the Rift S for a thousand Dirhams cheaper.Nonetheless, regardless of the substantial distinction in worth, HTC gained over many critics with its authentic HTC Vive headset regardless of that costing almost twice as a lot because the Rift – a feat it may repeat with the Vive Cosmos.