This year has already seen plenty of new virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays come to market, maybe too much. Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift S, HP Reverb, HTC Vive Pro Eye, Varjo VR-1 and HTC Vive Focus Plus are just some which come to mind – although the last three are enterprise focused. Valve Index is coming out later this month as well. So you may think the market doesn’t need another device, yet HTC Vive is putting the final touches to its next consumer headset, the Vive Cosmos, and earlier today the company revealed a video showcasing the new design.
Having released barely any details regarding the new device since its initial unveiling during CES 2019 in January, HTC Vive took to its Facebook page to release a video displaying the latest iteration – dubbed D120165 – slowly spinning around on a plinth.
Nothing else was provided, no specifications, price or release date, just a twirling headset to look at for six minutes. That’s not to say if you pay attention new details can’t be gleaned from the video, with the most notable being the six cameras. Quite clear for all to see, Vive Cosmos has six inside-out cameras for tracking the controllers and playspace, which should ensure a loss of controller tracking is minimal or non-existent. Four are permanently fixing – two front facing, two on the side – while the other two are mounted top and bottom at a 45-degree angle on a removable faceplate. At the moment there isn’t a clear reason why this is removable as there don’t seem to bee additional connection behind it – unlike Valve Index’s ‘Frunk’ which has a USB port.
So what else is worth noting? Well the headphones look detachable and there seems to be a 3.5mm socket on the right-hand side if you want to plug your own headphones into – and there do seem to be a few little cables everywhere. The head strap is a halo-style design with a tightening dial on the back and of course, we can see the hinge in action.
Other than that there aren’t lots of details to get excited about without knowing the specs. Earlier this month HTC Vive did begin enticing VR developers to the system which is now slated to launch Q3 2019. As further details arrive, VRFocus will keep you updated.