HTC’s Vive Cosmos finally remerged late last month and then swiftly disappeared again. But now it’s back again again with a new video.
This latest look at the headset focuses on comfort. Like the recently-released Oculus Rift S, Vive Cosmos adopts a halo strap similar to the one seen in Sony’s PSVR. You can see one user twisting a knob on the back to adjust the fit too. Cosmos’ screen also flips up (finally!) to allow fast access to the real world.
The video also mentions some interesting stats. Firstly, Cosmos weighs in at 651 grams. HTC says this makes it the lightest Vive headset to date. The face pad is also made of synthetic leather which should make it easier to clean after those marathon Beat Saber sessions.
It all looks pretty promising. Done right, Cosmos could occupy an interesting middle ground between the accessible Oculus Rift S and the higher-spec but more expensive Valve Index. That said, we’re still waiting to try Cosmos for ourselves. The headset now features six cameras for inside-out tracking and will run on HTC’s new Vive Reality platform. Crucially, Cosmos will be a modular headset that HTC says will have scalability. We’re still yet to learn the extent of this feature, but we do know it will be able to run on PCs and likely other devices like smartphones.
For now, we know the kit’s set to launch later this year. Details like pricing are still to come, however. Still, there’s not too many months left in 2019, so expect information sooner rather than later.