HTC Vive Cosmos announced, pre-orders to begin soon


HTC has announced the features and functionality of the VIVE Cosmos. It is the latest premium PC-based virtual reality (VR) system designed to grow with users over time through a modular faceplate design that can change the functionality of the headset, such as the newly announced Vive Cosmos External Tracking Mod. The Vive Cosmos will launch in India in October, during the festive season.

The all-new Vive tracking system on the Vive Cosmos offers a simplified setup that makes getting into VR faster and easier than ever before. The product comes with six camera sensors for wide and accurate inside-out tracking. The Vive Cosmos features a 2880 x 1700 combined pixel resolution, which is an 88 percent increase over the original Vive.

A flip-up design allows users to jump between reality and virtual reality in seconds without disrupting VR journeys. It has integrated on-ear headphones as well. The Vive Cosmos also features completely redesigned controllers that maximize functionality within VR and offer extended comfort during long play sessions. The Vive Cosmos is also compatible with the Vive Wireless Adapter for those who want to enjoy moving in VR without being tethered.

The Vive Cosmos is designed with upcoming accessories to change the functionality of the headset and offer customers the ability for their headset to grow with them over time. The first official “mod”, announced is the Vive Cosmos External Tracking Mod for customers that want to continue to use their existing Lighthouse base stations for tracking scenarios. This first base station-compatible mod supports Vive's ecosystem of peripherals including the Vive Tracker, delivering unprecedented input freedom for VR controls. This new mod will be available in Q1 of next year.

Vive Cosmos' Viveport Infinity subscription 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. In tandem with the Vive Cosmos launch, Viveport Infinity will be adding new titles such as Doctor Who: The Edge of Time by Maze Theory, Playstack, and BBC; Eleven Eleven by Syfy; Battlewake by Survios; Gloomy Eyes by Atlas V and 3dar; and Swords of Gargantua by Yomuneco and Gumi; and MLB Home Run Derby by MLB.

The Vive Cosmos is the first headset to offer the Vive Reality System, a reimagined core software experience for Vive. The Vive Reality System offers an extension of life to make VR feel less like launching apps and more like stepping between worlds. Cosmos will feature a redesigned user interface called Lens to easily navigate XR and Viveport Infinity applications, and a new, dynamic home space called Origin. The Origin space is the launchpad for VR applications and interactive experiences that will grow over time.

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