HTC has introduced that its Oculus Rift S rival – the HTC Vive Cosmos – can be accessible beginning on October three, 2019 at a worth level of $699 (round £570, AU$1,000).
The headset made its debut at this yr’s CES and is HTC’s fourth headset after authentic HTC Vive, HTC Vive Professional and the lately launched HTC Vive Focus that the corporate marketed towards enterprise customers.
The HTC Vive Cosmos is certainly extra gamer-oriented and, on paper at the least, stacks up properly towards the Oculus Rift S that was launched earlier this yr: Neither headset requires using exterior trackers (in HTC’s case, base stations), nonetheless each require a hardwired connection to a PC to work.
In keeping with specs launched by HTC, the Cosmos will characteristic a 2880 x 1700 mixed pixel decision – an 88% enhance over the unique Vive which had a 2160 x 1200 decision – a 90Hz refresh charge and a 110-degree field-of-view.
Even higher is that people who pre-order the headset forward of its October launch date can be eligible for a 12-month subscription to Viveport Infinity totally free that enables you unrestricted entry to over 600 video games and apps – a subscription that might often value $12.99 per 30 days (round £10, AU$19).
Meet HTC’s first ‘modular’ headset
One facet 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, known as the Vive Cosmos Exterior Monitoring Mod, can be accessible at launch and permits the headset to work with base stations.
Why would you need your new tracker-less VR headset to be appropriate 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 sensible given the front-facing orientation of its cameras.
HTC says it’ll 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 like 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 related specs, could have entry to lots of the identical video games, makes use of related inside-out monitoring and can attraction to the identical viewers.
The issue right here clearly is that Oculus is promoting the Rift S for $399 (£399 / AU$649) whereas HTC is promoting its new headset for nearly twice that quantity.
Nonetheless, regardless of the substantial distinction in worth, HTC gained over many critics with its authentic HTC Vive headset regardless of that costing practically twice as a lot because the Rift – a feat it might repeat with the Vive Cosmos.
We’ll discover out simply how properly it squares up when the Cosmos releases on October three.