HTC Vive Cosmos wants to beat the Oculus Rift S but at twice the price

HTC has announced that its rival Oculus Rift S – the HTC Vive Cosmos – will be available from October 3, 2019 at a price of $ 699 (approximately £ 570, $ 1,000).

The headset debuted at this year's CES and is the fourth HTC headset after the original HTC Vive, the HTC Vive Pro and the recently-released HTC Vive Focus, which the company markets for enterprise users.

The HTC Vive Cosmos is definitely more gamer-oriented, and at least on paper, it can compete well with the Oculus Rift S introduced at the beginning of this year: External trackers are not required for either headset (in the case of HTC, however, base stations) A hardwired connection is required for both a PC required.

According to the specifications published by HTC, the Cosmos has a combined pixel resolution of 2880 x 1700 – an increase of 88% over the original Vive with a resolution of 2160 x 1200 – a refresh rate of 90 Hz and a field of view of 110 degrees.

Even better, those who pre-order the headset before the release date in October are eligible for a 12-month free subscription to Viveport Infinity, which gives you unlimited access to over 600 games and apps – a subscription that is normally 12, $ 99 per month (about £ 10, AU $ 19).

A Vive Cosmos with a front-mounted external Vive Cosmos tracking mod.

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Get to know HTC's first "modular" headset

One aspect that HTC would like to try before launching is the versatile mod support of the Cosmos, which will enable new headset features in the future.

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The first of these mods, called the Vive Cosmos External Tracking Mod, will be available for launch, allowing the headset to work with base stations.

Why should your new VR headset without a tracker be compatible with wired base stations? Well, HTC does not say that exactly, but it alludes to the fact that base stations track the controllers better than the headset itself – which makes sense given the orientation of the cameras forward.

HTC says it will produce more mods for the Cosmos in the future and release the second module in the first half of 2020.

HTC Vive Cosmos wants to beat the Oculus Rift S but at twice the price 1

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With the Oculus Rift S from head to toe

The HTC Vive Cosmos seems to be a big step forward from the original Vive released in June 2016. However, the biggest challenge is the Oculus Rift S. The Oculus hardware has similar specifications and will have access to many of the same games. uses a similar inside-out tracking and addresses the same audience.

The problem here is that Oculus is selling the Rift S for $ 399, while HTC is selling its new headset for almost double.

Despite the significant price differences, HTC convinced many critics with its original HTC Vive headset, although it was almost twice as expensive as the Rift – a performance that could be repeated with the Vive Cosmos.

We'll find out how well it works when the Cosmos is released on October 3rd.

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