HTC Vive unveils three new headsets in Cosmos line-up 1

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Vive Cosmos is suitable for consumers just discovering VR for the first time all the way up to demanding business users, according to Yves Maître

Quick read

➨ Three new headsets—the Vive Cosmos Elite, XR and Play—boast interchangeable faceplates that will allow users to upgrade the functionality and performance of their devices
➨ Of the three new headsets, the upcoming standalone Vive Cosmos XR is the most compelling proposition for enterprise
➨ The Vive Cosmos Elite and Cosmos Play are directed at gamers and entertainment enthusiasts

The story

HTC Vive has revealed its new Cosmos headset line-up, with interchangeable front faceplates so that the PC-based VR system can grow with customers over time.

Three new headsets—the Vive Cosmos Elite, XR and Play—boast interchangeable faceplates that will allow users to upgrade the functionality and performance of their devices.

They have also been designed to flip up over the user’s head and each features a display with a 2880 x 1700 combined pixel resolution—an 88% increase over the original Vive, according to HTC Vive.

Of the three new headsets, the upcoming standalone Vive Cosmos XR is the most compelling proposition for enterprise, bringing high-quality XR passthrough cameras to Vive Cosmos for the first time. HTC Vive launched a new dedicated business unit last year to deliver a full portfolio of XR solutions.

Vive Cosmos XR allows a near-complete passthrough field of view that utilises the majority of the VR display

Debuting as a developer kit in Q2, Vive Cosmos XR allows a near-complete passthrough field of view that utilises the majority of the VR display (up to 100 degrees field of view) to integrate real-world and virtual content.

For example, Vive Sync, HTC Vive’s collaboration tool, will integrate Vive Cosmos XR functionality so that virtual objects can be brought into real-world environments, bolstering collaboration options for VR-based meetings.

Additional information on Vive Cosmos XR will be unveiled at the Game Developers Conference in March.

The Vive Cosmos Elite and Cosmos Play are directed at gamers and entertainment enthusiasts.

The Vive Cosmos Elite is aimed at seasoned gamers. Lighthouse base station technology will allow users to experience SteamVR tracking. The new headset also supports Vive’s ecosystem of peripherals, including the Vive Tracker and the Wireless Adapter for an untethered VR experience.

Vive Cosmos Elite is built for precision gaming titles such as Pistol Whip, Superhot and Audica, as well as multiplayer VR titles such as Battlewake

The device comes with a pre-installed External Tracking Faceplate, two SteamVR base stations, and two Vive controllers. The External Tracking Faceplate can be used with base station versions 1.0 or 2.0 as well as the original Vive or Vive Pro controllers and is easily swapped with the original inside-out tracking faceplate that ships with Vive Cosmos.

According to HTC Vive, the Vive Cosmos Elite is built for precision gaming titles such as Pistol Whip, Superhot and Audica, as well as multiplayer VR titles such as Battlewake.

The Vive Cosmos Elite bundle will retail for $899 and be available later in Q1. The External Tracking Faceplate will also launch globally as a standalone accessory in Q2 for $199 as an upgrade for either Vive Cosmos or Vive Cosmos Play.

The Vive Cosmos Play is aimed at VR newbies, with HTC Vive promising that the headset makes it easier than ever before to step into premium VR. It uses four-camera inside-out tracking to start user on their VR journey and has the ability to grow over time to meet their needs.

According HTC Vive, the Cosmos Play is ideal for entry-level VR adventures and applications such as Viveport Video, Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs, The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets, and A Fisherman’s Tale. It also offers a more affordable and simple-to-use VR option for public VR experiences.

Play owners can easily upgrade their Vive Cosmos with Vive’s host of VR accessories such as Vive Cosmos’ full range of faceplates. Additional details on the Vive Cosmos Play will be released in the coming months.

Commenting on the new line-up, Yves Maître, chief executive officer of HTC, said: “Our customers want an incredible VR experience and we are proud to announce a new family of products tailor-made for VR use-cases of all types. Vive Cosmos is truly the most versatile headset yet. From consumers just discovering VR for the first time to the demanding business user, Vive Cosmos offers stellar quality, comfort, and the ability to evolve VR and XR journeys over time—from changing faceplates to adding options like wireless.”

Images: HTC Vive
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