HTC Vive Cosmos Expands with More Choices for VR Headsets

Published: February 20, 2020 2:30 PM /


HTC Vive Cosmos cover

The world of the HTC Vive Cosmos just got a whole lot bigger. What was previously one pretty sturdy virtual reality headset has now been expanded with three new devices, allowing for a wider range of accessibility at more price ranges.

The Vive Cosmos Play, Vive Cosmos XR, and Vive Cosmos Elite (pictured above) are all brand-new products that add a little more variety to HTC's VR package. Gone are the days of choosing between the good VR headset or the really good VR headset. Now, HTC has some real choices for customers.

HTC Vive Cosmos Collection slice

What Are The Differences in the HTC Vive Cosmos VR Headsets?

According to a press release, there are three new additions to the HTC Vive Cosmos line of products.

Vive Cosmos Play

First on deck is the Vive Cosmos Play. This is an entry-level headset that doesn't include any external tracking sensors and keeps things pretty barebones. More details on this headset will be revealed in the coming months.

Vive Cosmos XR

Next up to bat is the Vive Cosmos XR. This will be a standalone device similar to the Oculus Go or Oculus Quest. It will feature a passthrough camera, allowing you to see the world in front of you while the headset is on. More details about this headset will be revealed at GDC.

Vive Cosmos Elite

Finally, the Vive Cosmos Elite is the heavy-hitter in the trio. This will include the following goodies, all in one package:

  • pre-installed External Tracking Faceplate
  • 2 SteamVR base stations
  • 2 Vive Controllers

This is the only headset we have really solid information on. It's expected to retail for $899/£899 or your regional equivalent and should be coming out sometime in the first quarter. Customers can also just grab the External Tracking Faceplate for $199/£199 as an upgrade for the Play or XR devices.

This new suite of headsets in the HTC Vive Cosmos series is sure to ramp up the competition in the VR world. You can out more about them at the website for the Cosmos line of products.

What do you think of HTC's three new Cosmos headsets? Would you want any of these over a Valve Index? Let us know in the comments below!

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