HTC Vive has announced three new VR headsets under the Vive Cosmos series.
“Our customers want an incredible VR experience and we are proud to announce a new family of products tailor-made for VR use-cases of all types,” said Yves Maître, CEO, HTC. “Vive Cosmos is truly the most versatile headset yet. From consumers just discovering VR for the first time to the demanding business user, Vive Cosmos offers stellar quality, comfort, and the ability to evolve VR and XR journeys over time – from changing faceplates to adding options like wireless.”
Vive Cosmos Elite
The Vive Cosmos Elite is the top-of-the-line model with support for external tracking and inside-out technology.
The headset supports SteamVR tracking as well as accessories such as Vive Tracker and Wireless Adapter. Pre-installed on the Vive Cosmos Elite is the new External Tracking Faceplate for better tracking and can be used with base stations version 1.0 and 2.0 and original Vive and Vive Pro controllers.
HTC Vive says the Cosmos Elite is designed for games such as Pistal Whip, Superhot and Audica.
The External Tracking Faceplate will be available as a standalone accessory in Q2 2020 for $199 USD for the Vive Cosmos and Vive Cosmos Play.
The Vive Cosmos Elite bundles comes with the External Tracking Faceplate, 2 SteamVR base stations and two Vive controllers.
Pre-orders for the Vive Cosmos Elite start on February 24th. It’ll costs $1199 CAD ($899 USD) when it launches on March 18th.
Vive Cosmos XR
As the name implies, the Vive Cosmos XR is designed for mixed reality thanks to the high-quality XR passthrough cameras.
The Vive Cosmos XR allows for a near-complete passthrough field of view up to 100 degrees FOV to help integrate both real-world and virtual content.
The company’s Vive Sync tool will help virtual objects be brought into the real-world.
More details about about the Vive Cosmos XR will be revealed at GDC 2020 in March.
Vive Cosmos Play
The Vive Cosmos Play is a new entry-level model that is designed for those new to VR. It features 4-cameras for inside-out tracking.
The company says the Vive Cosmos Play works well with titles such as Viveport Video, Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs and more.
The HTC Vive Cosmos Play is set to launch in the next few months.
In addition to the new Vive Cosmos headsets, HTC Vive announced that the six-camera faceplate will be available as a standalone accessory in Q2 for $199 USD.
Alongside the new VR headsets, HTC Vive announced a prototype called Project Proton.
In a statement, HTC Vive said, “Project Proton is a prototype of a future a XR glasses-style device from HTC Vive that we hope to hear feedback on from the community as we continue to work on the product. Proton has been concepted in two styles: an all-in-one and what we call an ‘all-in-two’, which is a headset powered by a processing module (such as a smartphone).”
HTC hasn’t announced any specs or further details about Project Proton at this time.
Source: HTC Vive