Get into VR “faster and easier than ever” with the new $699 Vive Cosmos

HTC has confirmed the Vive Cosmos will be available to purchase October 3, 2019 with a price tag of $699 (£699) – and pre-orders go live today. The company that brought us one of the first notable tethered VR headsets for PC, the HTC Vive, is now facing off once again with the likes of the Oculus Rift S and Valve Index for headset domination – but does this stylish new entrant have what it takes?

The Cosmos shares many similarities to the Vive, albeit with more attention-grabbing styling. One of the more notable changes to the headset’s facade is the inclusion of a number of extra cameras, necessary for the Cosmos’ inside-out tracking. The change means you can wave goodbye to the fiddly base station setup currently required by both the Vive and the Valve Index.

Once operational external tracking often shows its worth, however – it’s the preferred setup for smooth, accurate operation if you’ve got the space, mounting locations, and time to do so. With that in mind, HTC has announced the very first mod for the Cosmos: the External Tracking Mod. This allows for existing base stations to be used alongside the updated Cosmos design. But you will have to wait until Q1, 2020 for this unit to launch.

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