HTC’s New PC-Powered Vive Cosmos VR headset is Now Available for $699

HTC releases new Vive Cosmos
Image: Vive

After over three years on the market, HTC is finally upgrading its HTC Vive with a new model called the Vive Cosmos. Originally unveiled earlier this year at CES 2019, the $699 Vive Cosmos is the company’s latest bid at a mainstream VR headset. Unlike the original HTC Vive, the Vive Cosmos doesn’t require external sensors and uses fully tracked motion controllers.

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The Vive Cosmos has fantastic displays, with a combined 2,880 x 1,700 resolution – an 88% increase over the original VIVE. There’s a 110-degree field-of-view alongside a 90Hz refresh rate. It also has great speakers that produce clear, loud audio.

All-new LCD panels reduce the distance between pixels, minimizing the screen‑door effect.

The Vive Cosmos is probably the most comfortable headset manufactured by HTC so far. For those who wear glasses, the original Vive, Vive Pro, or Vive Pro Eye wouldn’t fit well on the face. It was cramped and uncomfortable. But the new halo head strap design completely eliminates that.

The main difference between the Vive Cosmos and the old Vive is that it can also be flipped up making it easy to check your phone, computer, talk to someone, or just generally access reality easily, reports Upload VR. Jump between reality and virtual reality in seconds with the innovative flip-up design—all without disrupting your immersive journey.

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A 2880 x 1700 combined pixel resolution delivers crystal clear graphics (Image: Vive)

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Here are the specs:

  • Screen: Dual 3.4″ LCD
  • Resolution: 1400 X 1700 per eye
  • Field of View: 110 degrees
  • Refresh Rate: 90 Hz
  • Subpixel Rendering: RGB sub-pixel
  • Tracking: Accurate inside-out tracking via wide field of view (FOV) and six-degree-of-freedom (6DoF) support
  • Eye Adjustments: 61-73mm IPD
  • Connections: Display Port 1.2, USB 3.0 (Type A & C), Proprietary port for mods
  • Cameras: 6 built-in cameras, two front facing, two on the sides, one on top, on on the bottom
  • VR: Immersive VR right out of the box
  • Price: $699