The HTC Vive Cosmos is not designed to break any grounds or revolutionize the world of virtual reality. Instead, the company is going directly against the Oculus Rift S, the PC-VR headset which now works without any additional cameras to be placed on the outside. It makes use of in-house tracking so that you don’t have to worry about setting up base stations.
In terms of design, the HTC Vive Cosmos has made a significant jump because it looks far less intimidating and more futuristic. People and enthusiasts who love VR headsets will definitely appreciate the design the developers have come up with.
They have also introduced some great specification upgrades along with which you will also have to handle the premium price tag of $699.. This is where Oculus Rift S has a strong headstart because priced at just $400, the company offers an enticing piece of future technology that is not too expensive even if you end up not using it on a daily basis.
Better Hardware Upgrades
The HTC hardware definitely impresses in terms of build quality as the front mesh looks stylish and also helps alleviate the heat that builds up in the face area. The display supports 90Hz as before but there is a massive bump in the total resolution of 2880×1700 pixels.
In other words, each eye will get a resolution of 1440×1700 making it easier to wear for long hours and also watch virtual reality content with very little eye fatigue. The RGB sub-pixels used in the display allows the manufacturer to reduce or visibly get rid of the screen door effect that plagues most VR headsets in the market.
The overall weight of the product has been reduced so that it is easier to wear for extended hours and also you can now flip it up without having to completely remove the headset. The knob is useful to find the perfect fit and you can make use of the pass through camera to know what is going around you. They are also designed to be activated automatically when you are not in the designated zone for added safety.
HTC Vs Valve?
Valve is now playing a completely different game as their high-end Valve Index costs a much higher $999 while the Oculus Rift S is quite affordable at $399. HTC Vive Cosmos is somewhere in between with a price tag of $699 which is definitely expensive but VR enthusiasts do love to spend a lot when the product offers value for money.
The Oculus Rift S delivers a similar experience albeit with some of the features and better display that Cosmos may offer. These products are not meant for the mainstream audience but it is to be seen which is the sweet spot for a VR headset based on which both HTC and Valve might price their future products to attract more people into PC VR gaming which is much more immersive than traditional console or PC gaming.