HTC Vive Cosmos VR headset pre-orders now available, first mod revealed

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 13, 2019

Today, pre-orders have now gone live, pricing the device at £699 GBP/$699 Dollars whilst revealing further details for interested customers.

VR fans can now pre-order the HTC Vive Cosmos which will set them back $699. As a special bonus, customers who pre-order Vive Cosmos by 2nd October will receive a 12-month Viveport Infinity redeem code.

The Vive Cosmos is a modular headset and the company says that new features can be enabled in the future with new mods.

According to specs released by HTC, the Cosmos will feature a 2880 x 1700 combined pixel resolution - an 88% increase over the original Vive which had a 2160 x 1200 resolution - a 90Hz refresh rate and a 110-degree field-of-view. All-new LCD panels reduce the distance between pixels and combined with real RGB displays minimize screen-door effect. I'll reserve judgement until I've been able test one myself, but the main thing that intrigues me about the Cosmos is its modular face plate design. This new faceplate will allow customers who have the Lighthouse tracking system (which comes with HTC Vive) to use it with Vive Cosmos whilst making use of the headset's other features.

Cosmos is also compatible with the Vive Wireless Adapter for those who want to enjoy moving in VR without being tethered. HTC say the first - the Vive Cosmos External Tracking Mod - won't arrive until Q1 2020. This first base station-compatible mod supports Vive's ecosystem of peripherals including the Vive Tracker, delivering unprecedented input freedom for VR controls. It will be available in the first quarter next year, followed by an unknown second mod.

The Vive Cosmos is available to pre-order today via Vive.com or through select retailers in the USA such as Amazon.com, Best Buy Canada, B&H Photo, GameStop, Newegg.com, and Walmart.com.

Ahead of an October 4th Australian launch, HTC are now taking pre-orders for the device. Viveport Infinity gives unlimited access to hundreds of top-rated VR apps, games, and videos like A Fisherman's Tale, Fujii, and Ninja Legends, as well as premium videos from top brands like GoPro, Discovery Channel, and Animal Planet.

Despite and in spite of its struggles in the smartphone market, HTC has found some light at the end of its dark tunnel thanks to its Vive VR reality platform.

Cosmos' launch also introduces the Vive Reality System, a new redesigned interface to make opening and switching between apps more immersive. The Origin space is the launchpad for VR applications and interactive experiences that will grow over time.

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