Modular headset … nice concept, and it only costs USD $699 too!
Without a doubt, Valve’s recently-launched Index is one of the best (if not the best) virtual reality headsets money can buy right now. It features individual finger and grip tracking, more adjustability than its competitors, a higher refresh rate, a built-in headset, and much more. With all of these advantages in mind, it’s been tough for existing VR offerings from other companies to measure up.
Other headsets do offer a better value in most cases (the Index is priced at a whopping $1,000), but for those who simply want the best VR experience possible, Valve’s device is the obvious choice. Still, what if you want a reasonably high-end experience but aren’t comfortable shelling out that much cash? What if the original Vive just isn’t your cup of tea, and the $800 asking price of the Vive Pro is still too much for your wallet to handle?
That’s where HTC’s latest announcement comes in. Yesterday, the company pulled back the curtain on its latest VR headset: the Vive Cosmos. The Cosmos costs $699 and features an improved design and feature-set over the standard $500 Vive. For starters, the Cosmos boasts a much crisper 2880x1700p combined lens resolution (with a 90Hz refresh rate), which HTC says is an “88 percent increase” over the ordinary Vive’s 2160x1200p resolution.
If you’re already sold on the Cosmos, you can pre-order the device now from your retailer of choice. If you’re still not convinced, you can learn more about the headset right here. Either way, the Cosmos is slated for launch on October 3, 2019.