The company has officially taken the veil off their upcoming VR headset and entered the pre-order phase.
When it does, it'll allow Vive Cosmos users to enhance the experience through external sensors like Vive Lighthouse base stations and the Vive Tracker.
Vive Cosmos was built to adapt to the needs of VR customers easily, versatility, and performance at the forefront. Admittedly, details on exactly what this might actually entail have been hazy up until now, but today HTC have finally announced what the first official mod's going to be: the "Vive Cosmos External Tracking Mod'".
Cosmos features a 2880 x 1700 combined pixel resolution-an 88% increase over the original Vive-delivering crystal-clear text and graphics. All-new LCD panels reduce the distance between pixels and combined with real RGB displays minimize screen-door effect. It includes integrated on-ear headphones to make your VR experience even more immersive, so if you're playing any horror games, get ready to soil yourself.
A Vive Cosmos with a Vive Cosmos External Tracking Mod attached to the front.
You'll still need to connect the Cosmos to your PC as well, unfortunately - unless, of course you also get one of HTC's existing Vive Wireless Adapter add-ons that attaches onto the Cosmos' headband so you can use it tether-free. Interestingly the modular faceplates can switch up the headset's functionality, adding features like the Vive Cosmos External Tracking Mod.
"According to HTC, the Vive Cosmos" modular face plate will let you change how the headset can be used for VR in the future, giving it more flexibility than any of their other Vive headsets so far.
The first base station-compatible mod supports Vive's ecosystem of peripherals, including Vive Tracker, and will be available in Q1 2020.
Ahead of an October 4th Australian launch, HTC are now taking pre-orders for the device.
HTC is launching the Vive Cosmos VR headset that was earlier announced at CES this year.
While the HTC Vive Cosmos seems like a big step up from the original Vive that the company released back in June 2016, its biggest challenge is the Oculus Rift S. Oculus' hardware has similar specs, will have access to numerous same games, uses similar inside-out tracking and will appeal to the same audience. HTC say that they'll be offering a range of accessories that allow VR enthusiasts to customize and augment their Cosmos headset. There's also a new homepage called Origin from where all the applications and interactive experiences will be showcased.