HTC Vive Cosmos Teaser Footage: The New VR Headset Will Have Six Cameras and a Flip Up Design
HTC has finally detailed its upcoming Vive Cosmos VR headset.
HTC has revealed the look of the next Vive VR headset, the Vive Cosmos. The new headset will include six inside-out cameras, a flip-up design, a vented front, a faceplate as well as detachable headphones. The Vive Cosmos is a premium PC VR headset and was first teased during the CES 2019 held this January in Las Vegas. According to HTC, the graphics for this headset will be “striking” and it will have a “lifelike” sound experience.
HTC has been seeding details about its new premium PC-based headset to developers in readiness for the launch in the third quarter of this year. It was however assumed that the version that had been shown at CES this January was the final design.
A HTC Facebook update posted yesterday revealed a “fresh off the line” Cosmos virtual reality headset version with a design that was substantially different from the one that had been unveiled at the CES 2019. Key amongst the update features was its edgier removable faceplate and its six inside-out tracking cameras.
The original version of the Cosmos had been showcased with twin cameras on the face that were approximately designed in the human eye position. There were also left and right-side cameras that offered additional hand-tracking functionality outside the user’s field of vision. The new version will include two extra cameras one of which will be pointing up and the other down from the frame. This allowed the headset to have a much wider vertical environmental and body awareness compared to the previous horizontal design.
The teaser video also features a new faceplate with a design matching the smooth metallic blue design of the goggles. However, the previous plain texture has been replaced with a more sophisticated-looking triangular lattice that looks like a honeycomb. The holes in the faceplate design are mostly empty and could possibly provide ventilation for the components situated at the front of the VR headset. However, the cross-shaped part situated around the cameras is filled up and solid.
In the new design, the faceplate features top and bottom cameras that seem to totally detach from Cosmos, including the lenses, when you take off the plate. The significance of this design is not yet apparent. It could mean that the faceplate will be an optional accessory to the original four-camera design that was initially unveiled during the CES 2019 in Las Vegas or it could be an integral part of the system. HTC has however stated that this will be a “new design” for the Vive Cosmos. HTC had previously suggested that the new Vive Cosmos headset would be able to connect to other devices beyond the traditional PCs so it is possible the device maker might be working on other possibilities that will minimize on the connectivity needs for smartphones.
The teaser video shows what looks like a single thick cable connection between the Cosmos and a PC as well as on-ear headphones. The new controllers that were shown during the original unveiling were not shown in the teaser video.
The head strap for the headset has a halo-style built with a tightening dial positioned at the back. It is also possible to see the hinge action.
For now, all that expectant users have is a teaser video with a twirling Cosmos headset. No information has been divulged yet on the specifications, pricing or the release date. If you are keen enough and have a good grasp of VR headset designs, it is possible to glean additional detail from the teaser.
Next week, HTC has promised to have a discussion on the Vive Cosmos specifications so it is possible that the device maker could reveal additional detail on what is the under hood along with the pricing information.
HTC Vive Cosmos teaser video: