HTC's Vive Cosmos VR headset is awesome - and frustrating - in equal measure

09 January, 2019, 00:00 | Author: Rodolfo Hawkins
  • Mozilla promotes various VR sites and activities available with its Firefox Reality browser

It will also be the first Vive headset to make use of HTC's newly announced Vive Reality System, which HTC helpfully describe as "an entirely new design experience for VR".

The lack of clarity gave the impression that HTC still doesn't have a high-quality veneer with its launches - that it doesn't have a clear, defined strategy for getting its VR platform in the hands of millions of paying consumers. HTC must be just teasing us intending to go forward with a proper launch at a later event. Both are wildly different devices for different audiences. It capped off the event with the reveal of the Vive Cosmos, its next VR headset. What's the resolution? Why do the handsets that come alongside light up, when you can't see them in the virtual world (although they do look pretty cool, like bracelets you'd wear in the Tron world). Despite having a presence at the event, details regarding the new headset are rather scarce for now though since the company stated that more information regarding it will only be shared in the coming months. With the move, Firefox Reality is also taking the jump to the desktop, and becoming available on HTC's Vive and Vive Pro headset.

"Many industries are adopting XR technologies for a wide range of uses, including training simulations, virtual concierge services, enhanced online shopping experiences, virtual tours, and more", said Kyle Roche, General Manager, Amazon Sumerian, AWS.

The back of the HTC Vive Pro Eye headset.

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Other than these two exciting headsets, we're also here to tell you all about Viveport Infinity. Why hint at something that consumers will get the most excited about and then not elaborate any further?

Because, if we haven't made it clear enough yet, VR is still a really cool experience.

Pro VR users are being targeted with the release of the new HTC Vive Pro Eye. It still could very well be the future of entertainment. A render that appeared on-screen during HTC's CES press conference clearly showed a smartphone form factor overlaid onto the headset, though the company stopped short of outright saying it would work with smartphones. Cosmos can still also be powered by a PC or a laptop, but it seems like mobile will be the next steps for VR functionality.

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