HTC Vive Cosmos: an overview of tests of the new PC VR headset

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The HTC Vive Cosmos, available from October 3, 2019, has passed into the hands of major tech magazines. Discover the first feedback on this VR headset for PC presented as the successor of the first HTC Vive…

Three years after the launch of the HTC Vive 2016, the Taiwanese manufacturer finally launches a new PC VR headset for the general public. Presented at CES 2019, the HTC Vive Cosmos is distinguished by a more comfortable design, an inside-out tracking system, a largely improved screen, and above all by its modularity.

On paper, this device has everything to please. However, to get an opinion on the quality of the product, it is necessary to take it in hand. This is what specialized American websites have done, and their opinions are mixed…

According to Tom’s Hardware, the Vive Cosmos shines with its excellent display, solid construction, retractable visor, external sensorless tracking system and modularity. However, the magazine regrets a high price and controllers cruelly lacking in ergonomics and autonomy. Nevertheless, the tester Kevin Carbotte considers that it is a very good substitute for the first Vive.

At Trusted Reviews, the VR headset receives a score of 3.5/5. In the eyes of the tester, Ryan Jones, this headset will delight fans of VR whose priority is the definition of the image. On the other hand, for others, and especially those looking for a practical product, the Oculus Quest is recommended. Among the highlights, the journalist cites the inside-out tracking which facilitates installation, screen, and comfortable and elegant design. The weak points cited are a price far too high, a wired connection that ruins the immersion, and the fact that the tracking system only works in well-lit rooms.

HTC Vive Cosmos: one of the best screens on the market, for a price far too high…

On the side of Pocket-Lint, Vive Cosmos keeps its promises. The device is comfortable, efficient and interesting and offers a good alternative to the Oculus Rift S. Tester Adrian Willings appreciates the design, the simplicity of the tracking system, the beauty of the new controllers, the comfort and the removable visor. On the other hand, he deplores the fragile appearance of some parts of the helmet and the lack of Mini Display Port adapter in the box.

At PCMag.com, HTC’s new baby is rated 3/5. Journalist Will Greenwald appreciates external sensorless tracking, improved controllers, screen definition and the wide range of applications offered by Viveport and SteamVR. He nevertheless regrets the high price, the cumbersome cabling system, and the need for a DisplayPort 1.2 port to use it. In general, even though the Vive Cosmos is an impressive improvement on the technical level compared to Vive, we regret here its price and the fact that cables are always required.

The US virtual reality reference website, UploadVR, is less forgiving. For the journalist David Jagneaux, the Vive Comos has one of the best screens on the market, offers a comfortable design, enjoys a convincing tracking system, and finally offers controllers with analog sticks. However, the tester also believes that this headset is six months late.

Today, this device has to deal with the Oculus Quest which offers a similar experience for a price broken in two and that of the Valve Index which offers much more for a little more expensive. Therefore, UploadVR considers that Vive Cosmos is not doing enough to justify its high price.

In summary, most websites that have tested the Vive Cosmos applaud its design, its screen, and its inside-out tracking system. Nevertheless, almost all believe that this VR headset is too expensive


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