The Vive Cosmos Virtual Reality Headset Expected to Launch Soon
This year has been a very busy one for virtual reality with a flurry of launches from some of the leading VR brands in the market. While most of the limelight has been on the standalone Oculus Quest VR headset, there are about half a dozen launches that we have witnessed in the past few months including the tethered Oculus Rift S, Valve Index, HP Reverb among others. In fact, some of the top brands such as Oculus are now winding up on their first generation of VR headsets.
Most of these launches have been the mid-priced consumer-focused VR headsets. But we are also about to see the launch of premium headsets mostly targeting enterprise users or consumers who are looking for an even superior quality virtual reality experience with the upcoming launch of the Vive Cosmos headset. The launch of the Vive Cosmos, which is coming up in Q3 2019, will be a huge deal in premium virtual reality. The release date and the pricing for the headset is yet to be divulged.
The Vive Cosmos was first unveiled in January this year but the company didn’t provide any details or let anybody try out the headset. It’s now five months since the initial reveal and HTC is yet to provide even the most basic details about the Vive Cosmos headset such as its field of view, resolution, weight, the headset price or the release date.
There is some little detail about the Vive Cosmos, though. For example, we know it will be compatible with PCs and HTC has hinted it will also plug to smartphones. However, nothing is known on how these connections will work.
What We Can Deduce
From the pictures of the HTC Cosmos posted on the HTC website, you can see that the device is exquisitely designed. The design is obviously a far cry from that of the original HTC and more in line with some of the current industry-wide design trends. The Cosmos features a headband design which will replace the three-way strap setup of the first-generation virtual reality headsets. The Cosmos will also be considerably lighter than the first-gen VR devices. There are certainly some significant design improvements.
The headset also features multiple cameras which could be a pointer to mixed reality uses and possibly, inside-out tracking. The external motion tracker technology is effectively dead by now and headsets that feature it will have some really tough convincing to do moving forward.
The details that have been revealed for far about the Vive Cosmos are mostly official and plausible. As a top-end virtual reality headset, the Vive Cosmos is expected to be the successor to the older Vive models. However, it will also be in direct competition with some of the top-tier standalone virtual reality headsets that have been released so far.
It has been rumored that the HMD will tether through a USB-C via the Displayport protocol. It would therefore be possible to tether it to multiple generations of smartphones as opposed to standalone VR headsets which are not upgradeable.
From what we know so far, the Vive Cosmos looks like a virtual reality headset that many enthusiasts would be interested in.