HTC today announced the Vive Cosmos, a new standalone VR headset with two front-facing cameras, two side-facing cameras, and a pair of handheld wands. This headset will not require outside webcams or sensors to operate, HTC promises—meaning, it will ship with what's known as "inside-out tracking," like the upcoming Oculus Quest. But unlike that Oculus headset, the Cosmos headset also comes with a surprising promise: that its 3D imagery can be powered by either "desktop PCs" or smartphones. Meaning, users will be able to choose an underpowered phone for use on the go, or combine the Cosmos' wireless qualities with a more powerful gaming PC.
Release dates or estimates were not announced.