HTC teases VR headset for the masses in Vive Cosmos

CNET | 1/7/2019 | Roger Cheng
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HTC showed off a new consumer-friendly headset called the Vive Cosmo.

HTC wants to make it easier for everyone to get into virtual reality. And it hopes to do it through the Vive Cosmos.

Vive - Cosmo - Headset

The Vive Cosmo is a new consumer-friendly headset that promises to be easier to set up and is more comfortable to use.

The Cosmo is HTC's latest step to get consumers to give VR a second chance. HTC was one of the early advocates of virtual reality, which garnered intense hype and the interest of major players like Facebook's Oculus, Samsung and Google, only to stumble as consumers shied away from the expensive equipment and early clunky experiences. While there are high-end theatrical-like VR productions, there's often limited access to them. At CES 2019, VR stands at a crossroad with some predicting that it goes away while others see its potential for a comeback.

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Clearly, HTC is hoping for the latter.

"Over 85 percent of VR intenders believe ease of setup is a critical piece of decision making for what they want to purchase," said Daniel O'Brien, general manger of the Vive business.

O'Brien - Comfort - Ease - Setup - Cameras

O'Brien touted the comfort and ease of setup. With cameras on the exterior, it doesn't require additional tracking equipment. It has a flip-up design. Cosmos can be powered by the desktop PC or gaming latpop, but HTC teased the prospect of linking it to smartphones.

HTC didn't offer many more details, giving us just a few tidbits of information. The Cosmos is expected to launch later this year.

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HTC also teased a new user interface called Vive Reality System, which includes a new welcome screen called Origin, designed to take you to new experiences better. Vive Cosmos is the first headset to use the new interface.

Last year, HTC made its Vive virtual reality system easier to look at. This year, it...
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