The HTC Vive Cosmos is the follow-up to the original Vive and offers significant improvements and changes. Angela Lang/CNET HTC did something radical when it designed its newest VR headset for consumers: It listened to its customers.
The result is a brand-new standalone headset called the Vive Cosmos. Its basically better in every way than the original Vive that preceded it. The Cosmos is aimed at existing HTC Vive owners and VR enthusiasts who want better comfort, improved visuals and the simplicity of not having to set up those Lighthouse base stations around a room.
I spent a little time with the $699 Cosmos and was definitely impressed by it. But Im curious about how it will fair against the Oculus Rift, another standalone VR headset that only costs $400.
Now playing: Watch this: HTC launches the Vive Cosmos VR headset 6:32 HTC Vive Cosmos seems like a shiny polish on what a VR headset is today rather than a bold futuristic jump forward.
For HTCs customer base, the Cosmos seems like it is exactly what they wanted. But for the VR landscape as a whole, one has to hope that the next wave of VR headsets pushes the medium even further.The HTC Vive Cosmos will be available on Oct. 3 and you can preorder it now. By the way, when you preorder the Cosmos, you get a 12-month Viveport Infinity subscription with access to over 700 games and VR experiences.
The Cosmos has Frank Gehry looksThe Vive and Cosmos look like they were made by different companies. The Vive is defined by its bulbous spider black headset littered with large dimples. The Cosmos on the other hand looks handsome with its navy blue mesh front. The faceplate looks like something the architect Frank Gehry sculpted.
On the front are vents that could easily double as a public art sculpture albeit a very small one. Overall, the Cosmos looks much more approachable and friendly than the original Vive.But those vents on the front arent just for show. They also allow for ventilation to help keep your head and face from getting too hot.
The mesh face plate is removable under which youll find a small fan to cool the six built-in cameras as well as help alleviate some of the heat around your face.Take a more in-depth look at the Vive Cosmos and all its parts below.
The HTC Vive Cosmos VR looks sharp in navy blue and mesh .