HTC has declared that its Oculus Rift S rival – the HTC Vive Cosmos – will be out there starting off on October 3, 2019 at a rate point of $699 (about £570, AU$1,000).

The headset made its debut at this year’s CES and is HTC’s fourth headset right after unique HTC Vive, HTC Vive Pro and the a short while ago unveiled HTC Vive Concentration that the corporation marketed toward business buyers. 

The HTC Vive Cosmos is definitely more gamer-oriented and, on paper at the very least, stacks up nicely in opposition to the Oculus Rift S that was introduced before this yr: Neither headset necessitates the use of exterior trackers (in HTC’s circumstance, base stations), however the two need a hardwired relationship to a Computer system to function. 

In accordance to specs produced by HTC, the Cosmos will element a 2880 x 1700 combined pixel resolution – an 88% increase in excess of the original Vive which experienced a 2160 x 1200 resolution – a 90Hz refresh fee and a 110-degree area-of-check out.

Even much better is that individuals that pre-order the headset forward of its Oct launch day will be eligible for a 12-month subscription to Viveport Infinity for no cost that lets you unrestricted accessibility to around 600 online games and apps – a subscription that would normally charge $12.99 per month (all-around £10, AU$19).

A Vive Cosmos with a Vive Cosmos External Tracking Mod hooked up to the front.

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Meet HTC’s very first ‘modular’ headset

1 part that HTC desires to participate in up in advance of start is the Cosmos’ flexible mod help that will allow new functions on the headset in the foreseeable future. 

The 1st of these mods, called the Vive Cosmos External Tracking Mod, will be offered at start and permits the headset to work with foundation stations. 

Why would you want your new tracker-considerably less VR headset to be compatible with wired foundation stations? Very well, HTC doesn’t accurately say but does allude to the truth that foundation stations do a much better career of tracking the controllers than the headset does on its own – which can make sense supplied the front-dealing with orientation of its cameras.

HTC states it will create extra mods for the Cosmos in the foreseeable future and will release the next module in the initially part of 2020.

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Heading toe-to-toe with the Oculus Rift S

Though the HTC Vive Cosmos seems like a massive stage up from the primary Vive that the company introduced back in June 2016, its most significant challenge is the Oculus Rift S. Oculus’ components has similar specs, will have accessibility to many of the similar games, uses similar inside-out monitoring and will enchantment to the exact audience.

The issue listed here definitely is that Oculus is offering the Rift S for $399 (£399 / AU$649) while HTC is promoting its new headset for almost two times that sum.

Nonetheless, even with the sizeable distinction in selling price, HTC received in excess of many critics with its unique HTC Vive headset even with that costing virtually 2 times as considerably as the Rift – a feat it could repeat with the Vive Cosmos. 

We’ll find out just how perfectly it squares up when the Cosmos releases on Oct 3.

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