Not satisfied with announcing one new headset at CES 2019 today, HTC Vive has gone and revealed a second which looks to be far more consumer-focused, the HTC Vive Cosmos.
The new head-mounted display (HMD) has a focus on comfort claims HTC Vive, with the device featuring a flip-up design for ease of use and an adjustable headband similar to the PlayStation VR. More importantly, Vive Cosmos includes inside-out tracking, meaning no external sensors are required when setting up.
“We found that over 85% of VR intenders believe that ease of use and set up is the most important factor to consider while purchasing a headset,” said Daniel O’Brien, GM, Americas, HTC Vive in a statement. “We believe Cosmos will make VR more easily accessible to those who may not have invested in VR before and also be a superior experience for VR enthusiasts.”
Another aspect of the Vive Cosmos that HTC Vive is touting is its modular design. Currently, the headset is powered by a PC – which sounds like it’ll be cable-based – but the design does have aspirations of adding mobile support. While seeming like a direct competitor to Oculus Quest, the Vive Cosmos isn’t quite there yet.
The new controllers also bear a similar design to those found on Oculus Quest and Windows Mixed Reality headsets, although the illuminated sections do feature a far snazzier design.
Vive Cosmos also happens to be the first HTC Vive headset to employ the new ‘Vive Reality System’, described by HTC Vive as ‘a completely reimagined way for people to experience the virtual world.’
Specifications for the headset haven’t been revealed just yet, with Vive Cosmos developer kits expected to go out early this year. As for consumer pricing and availability, HTC Vive isn’t going to reveal anything until late 2019.
With Oculus Quest expected in Spring 2019, and Vive Cosmos looking to be its direct competitor, HTC Vive may not want its rival getting too much of a head start. VRFocus is at CES 2019 all week, if we can get our hands-on a Vive Cosmos then we’ll let you know our impressions as soon as possible.