HTC Vive Cosmos is a high-end VR headset coming 3 October

The HTC Vive Cosmos is the company's first modder-friendly VR headset

The HTC Vive Cosmos is the company's first modder-friendly VR headset

Today, pre-orders have now gone live, pricing the device at £699 GBP/$699 United States dollars whilst revealing further details for interested customers.

The Vive Cosmos was built to adapt to the needs of VR customers, with the all-new Vive tracking system offering a simplified setup and six camera sensors for wide and accurate inside-out tracking.

Lastly - and most interestingly - the new HTC Vive Cosmos promises to support modding via swappable faceplates. HTC is also tossing in a 12-month Viveport Infinity subscription as a preorder bonus.

With a modular faceplate design, Vive Cosmos is the most versatile premium VR headset yet, designed with upcoming accessories to change the functionality of the headset and offer customers the ability for their headset to grow with them over time. All-new LCD panels reduce the distance between pixels and combined with real RGB displays minimize screen-door effect. Superior ergonomics and comfort allow for longer VR experiences and integrated on-ear headphones provide fully immersive sound.

The HTC Vive Cosmos is like that version 3.0 that is paving the way for a product that, in theory, could last a lifetime.

Cosmos is also compatible with the Vive Wireless Adapter for those who want to enjoy moving in VR without being tethered. Its first mod, which will have to be purchased separately, is the Cosmos External Tracking Mod. This is to make the headset compatible with existing Vive Lighthouse base stations available in the market.

The HTC Vive Cosmos is the company's first modder-friendly VR headset

HTC says it will produce more mods for the Cosmos in the future and will release the second module in the first part of 2020.

Besides, HTC first unveiled this Vive Cosmos VR headset at CES 2019 earlier this year.

Ahead of an October 4th Australian launch, HTC are now taking pre-orders for the device.

While the HTC Vive Cosmos seems like a big step up from the original Vive that the company released back in June 2016, its biggest challenge is the Oculus Rift S. Oculus' hardware has similar specs, will have access to numerous same games, uses similar inside-out tracking and will appeal to the same audience.

HTC is switching things up a bit with the Vive Cosmos. Rather than move away from that configuration as Oculus have with the Quest (review here), the HTC Vive Cosmos opts to double-down on catering to the DIY VR crowd. It's being called Lens and it should enable easier navigation across XR and Viveport Infinity apps. There's also a new homepage called Origin from where all the applications and interactive experiences will be showcased.

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