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HTC’s unveils the new Vive Cosmos VR headset

The PC powered VR Headset will be available on October 3rd retailing for $699

HTC Vive Cosmos
HTC Vive Cosmos

HTC has lifted the curtain on its new PC-powered Vive Cosmos VR headset on a release date. 

First seen at CES, the Vive Cosmos is an upgraded follow up to the Vive Pro. It will cost  $699, you also get a trial subscription to Viveport Infinity; you'll get a year's trial if you pre-order before October 3rd and six month one after. The service costs $99 a year. 

It has some new bells and whistles including, fully tracked motion controllers, an upgraded 2,880 x 1,700 LCD panel, 90hz refresh rate and a 110-degree field of view. Like the Vive Pro,  it has its own integrated headphones but you can take them off and use your own on the Cosmos. It's still tethered to the PC but you can always use the wireless adapter if you so choose.

The selling point of the Cosmos however is that it can be modded and HTC are releasing a few. Currently the Vive Cosmos External Tracking Mod, will be available at launch and enables the headset to work with base stations and is available at launch and HTC say they're making more. 

The Vive Cosmos goes up against the Oculus Rift S released earlier this year but the Vive has always had an edge on having more gaming optimized content. However with the Rift S, HTC will have to do a lot more to convince users to not go for the $399 competitor, especially in 2019 when both platforms nearly have acess to the same content. So it remains to be seen how it will do.