The Vive Cosmos is a VR headset. The Vive Cosmos Elite is considered one of the highest quality VR headsets available on the market.
Released in October 2019 by HTC, the Vive Cosmos shipped with only the headset itself. It offered a virtual reality experience using inside out tracking technology (no external sensors). The Cosmos featured a dual 3.4 inch LCD Diagonal screen, 1440 x 1700 pixels per eye (2880 x 1700 overall), a 110 degree field of view, a 90Hz refresh rate, built-in stereo headphones utilizing 3D spatial sound, an integrated mic, four inside-out tracking cameras and a wheel-knob to manually adjust interpupillary distance (IPD). The headset itself also allowed for the user to flip the screen up and allow a user to see the real world without taking the headset off completely. The Vive Cosmos also featured two handset motion controllers.
User reception for the Cosmos was mixed due to problems with the inside out tracking.
Vive Cosmos Elite
Released in March 2020, HTC changed the faceplates of the Vive Cosmos with the HTC Vive Cosmos External Tracking Faceplate - which would allow the headset to function user external tracking using the same base stations the HTC Vive uses, as well as supporting SteamVR 2.0 tracking. The Vive Cosmos Elite package came with two original Vive controllers as well as two 1.0 HTC Base Stations. In April 2020, HTC released the External Tracking Faceplate on its own - allowing those who bought the original Vive Cosmos to utilize base station tracking without replacing the entire headset. This marks one of the first times a virtual reality headset was seen as modular. The Vive Cosmos Elite came packaged with Half-Life: Alyx.
Vive Cosmos Play
The Vive Cosmos Play is marketed as a more affordable version of the Cosmos, featuring a faceplate that possessed only four tracking cameras instead of the six that came with the Cosmos. In a recent 2020 interview with UploadVR, HTC announced that the Vive Cosmos Play will not be made available to consumer - but be marketed toward the business and private sector.
Vive Cosmos XR
The Vive Cosmos XR is currently a developer-targeted kit that utilizes high quality pass-through cameras to integrate real-world and virtual content. Like the Cosmos Play, the XR has been announced by HTC to be geared toward the enterprise sector and not the general consumer populace.
The Vive Cosmos headset is compatible with Valve Index base stations, as well as the Valve Index Controllers (or Valve Knuckles). They are also compatible with both 1.0 and 2.0 HTC Base Stations, and the HTC Trackers (which are more commonly used to achieve full body tracking). It is also compatible with a modified wireless attachment offered by HTC, similar to the one purchasable and usable with the original HTC Vive and Vive Pro.
The minimum specs for the HTC Cosmos Elite are as follows:
- Processor - Intel ® Core™ i5-4590 or AMD FX™ 8350 equivalent or better
- Graphics - NVIDIA ® GeForce ® GTX 970 4GB, AMD Radeon™ R9 290 4GB equivalent or better VR Ready graphics card.
- Memory - 4 GB RAM or more
- Video out - DisplayPort 1.2 or newer
- USB ports - 1x USB 3.0 or newer
- Operating system - Windows ® 10