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Sep 18. 2019
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The latest premium PC-based virtual reality (VR) system created with a new level of accessibility and ease of use, HTC VIVE’s new Vive Cosmos headset goes on sale on October 4 for Bt30,999 and pre-orders along with bonuses are being accepted from today (September 18).

Designed to grow with users over time through a modular faceplate design that can change the functionality of the headset, such as the newly announced External Tracking Mod, Cosmos offers an unmatched experience. “It is our most versatile headset yet—with inside-out tracking, options in the future for different faceplates, unlimited content in the box, and the new user interface,” says Raymond Pao, senior vice president of Product & Strategy for HTC Corp. “We see limitless possibilities for XR customers.”

Technical Features

Vive Cosmos was built to adapt to the needs of VR customers with ease, versatility, and performance at the forefront. The all-new Vive tracking system offers a simplified setup that makes getting into VR faster and easier than ever before, with six camera sensors for wide and accurate inside-out tracking. Cosmos features a 2880 x 1700 combined pixel resolution – an 88-peer-cent increase over the original Viv – delivering crystal-clear text and graphics. All-new LCD panels reduce the distance between pixels and combined with real RGB displays minimise screen-door effect.

A unique flip-up design allows users to jump between reality and virtual reality in seconds and without disrupting VR journeys. Superior ergonomics and comfort allow for longer VR experiences and integrated on-ear headphones provide fully immersive sound. Cosmos is also compatible with the Vive Wireless Adapter for those who want to enjoy moving in VR without being tethered.

First ‘Mod’ Announced

With a modular faceplate design, Vive Cosmos is the most versatile premium VR headset yet, designed with upcoming accessories to change the functionality of the headset and offer customers the ability for their headset to grow with them over time. The first official “mod” is the Vive Cosmos External Tracking Mod for customers that want to continue to use their existing Lighthouse base stations for tracking scenarios, but also take advantage of the superior performance of Vive Cosmos. This first base station-compatible mod supports Vive’s ecosystem of peripherals including the Vive Tracker, delivering unprecedented input freedom for VR controls. This new mod will be available in the first quarter of 2020.

Included Content

Vive Cosmos is the VR headset that packs a powerful content punch right out of the gate with an included 12-month Viveport Infinity subscription during the pre-order period. In addition those who pre-order will receive one extra shooting game (AEON) redeem code in their box with a redemption validity until November 1. Viveport Infinity gives unlimited access to hundreds of top-rated VR apps, games and videos like a “Fisherman’s Tale”, “Fujii”, and “Ninja Legends”, as well as premium videos from top brands like GoPro. In tandem with the Vive Cosmos launch, Viveport Infinity will be adding new titles such as” Doctor Who: The Edge of Time” by Maze Theory, Playstack, and BBC; “Eleven Eleven” by Syfy; “Battlewake” by Survios”; “Gloomy Eyes” by Atlas V and 3dar; and “Swords of Gargantua” by Yomuneco and Gumi.

Vive Reality System

Cosmos offers an out-of-box experience that is easy to set-up and launch into virtual worlds using the new Vive Reality System. Vive Cosmos is the first headset to offer the Vive Reality System, a re-imagined core software experience for Vive. The Vive Reality System is an entirely new design philosophy for VR, offering an extension of life to make VR feel less like launching apps and more like stepping between worlds. Cosmos will feature a redesigned user interface called Lens to easily navigate XR and Viveport Infinity applications, and a new, dynamic home space called Origin. The Origin space is the launchpad for VR applications and interactive experiences that will grow over time.

To pre-order, visit www.vive.com/th, VIVE Online Store. The product will be available on the shelves starting October 4 at all HTC partners & IT retailers such as Beyond Godlike, JIB, IT City, Speed Computer.

Vive Cosmos Specs

Screen: Dual 3.4” LCD diagonal

Resolution: 1440 x 1700 pixels per eye (2880 x 1700 pixels combined)

Refresh rate: 90 Hz

Field of view: 110 degrees

Audio: Built-in stereo headphone

Required PC connectivity: USB3.0, DisplayPortTM 1.2

Peripheral Ports: USB-C 3.0, proprietary connection to mods

Tracking: no minimum space requirements for standing/seated, minimum 2m x 1.5m for room-scale mode

Module Faceplates: Vive Motion Mod (Ships with Cosmos) and Vive Cosmos External Tracking Mod (Sold separately)

Vive Wireless Adapter support: Sold separately with attach kit. Available PCIe slot required

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