HTC Announces Vive Cosmos, A VR Headset That Can Seemingly be Powered by Your Phone

HTC Announces Vive Cosmos, A VR Headset That Can Seemingly be Powered by Your Phone

HTC has announced the latest Vive VR headset which is meant to appeal more to the casual market.

Much like Oculus with the announcement of the Quest in late 2018, HTC has today announced the Vive COSMOS, a new standalone VR headset.

HTC made the announcement today during its CES keynote address ahead of the start of the show later this week. Cosmos will require no external tracking when compared to other Vive headsets as the unit has cameras on the outside to track movement. Cosmos also boasts a design that sees the front of the headset lift upward from your eyes rather than slipping on and off. 

In addition, HTC seemed to tease that in the future, wearers will be able to power the Cosmos with their mobile devices although no official announcements have been made in regards to this just yet. 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.

Unfortunately, other details on the headset are still incredibly sparse, and HTC’s announcement of the device was more of a teaser than a formal reveal. Pricepoint, release date (although 2019 is planned), and other vital information have yet to be given, although HTC says they’ll share more down the road. 

Between the Quest and now Cosmos, it’ll be interesting to see how VR continues to evolve from both HTC and Oculus as the devices start to move further away from requiring a PC to be powered. 

To get a tease of what Cosmos will look like, you can also check out the trailer for the VR unit attached below.