HTC has introduced an updated series of Cosmos VR helmets, which feature the ability to expand the functions of accessories using plug-in modules. The 2020 model range includes 3 versions of the headset, which differ not only in the delivery set but also in technical characteristics.
The older model of the updated line called Cosmos Elite is equipped with a display with a resolution of 2880x1700 pixels (the same is installed in other new products in the series) and comes with two external motion trackers, a pair of Vive controllers and adjustable headphones. The price of the kit is $900, but users of the Vive Cosmos and Vive Cosmos Play models can upgrade their devices by purchasing only the front panel of the new product for $200. Pre-order acceptance will begin on February 24, sales are expected to start before the end of the first quarter of 2020, and the replacement Cosmos Elite faceplate will be available in the second quarter.
A distinctive feature of the Cosmos XR is the use of two additional cameras that add support for augmented reality effects to the device. The model is primarily aimed at developers and will go on sale later. The company will announce details about the price and technical characteristics next month at the Game Developers Conference 2020 event.
The Cosmos Play headset has become the most affordable model of the new line with four tracking cameras instead of six in the Elite version. In addition, the device did not have built-in headphones. At the same time, users can still upgrade the front panel to a more advanced version. The price and date of the model's retail debut will be announced later.
Another announced device was the Project Proton mixed reality headset concept. It has a compact body and can connect to an external signal source, such as a computer, laptop, or smartphone. Detailed characteristics and prices of the unusual device are not disclosed.