HTC's Vive Cosmos Series unleashes three new VR headsets with swappable faceplates

The modular trio are all set at different price points
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HTC has introduced three new PC-powered VR headsets to its range, each of which sit at a different price point and are aimed at different kinds of experiences.

The new Vive Cosmos Series builds upon the original Vive Cosmos - which launched in late 2019 - bringing three new types of faceplates for users to switch out of their setup.

At the top end of the scale is the Vive Cosmos Elite, which brings inside-out tracking through the pre-installed external tracking faceplate and will set buyers back $899 at launch. The Elite faceplate is able to be detached to work with the standard and original Cosmos, too, with it available to be bought separately for $199.

Next in line is the Vive Cosmos XR, which is less consumer-facing and instead debuts as a developer kit. Like the Elite, it can come as a headset with the faceplate already attached, though this version will offer XR passthrough cameras to the headset.

At the entry-level, but perhaps the most intriguing of the three, is the Vive Cosmos Play. Aimed at new starters, this headset features four cameras capable of inside-out tracking and will be suited to titles such Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs and The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets.

HTC indicates that the Elite option will be available from 24 February, while release dates and prices for the rest of the Vive Cosmos Series will be announced over the coming months.

Will the new headset trio be enough to bite into Oculus' growing strength in the market? Only time will tell, but the introduction of more options is at least a promising sign. We just wish there was a new standalone headset to get our hands on, too.


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Conor moved to Wareable Media Group in 2017, initially covering all the latest developments in smartwatches, fitness trackers, and VR. He made a name for himself writing about trying out translation earbuds on a first date and cycling with a wearable airbag, as well as covering the industry’s latest releases.

Following a stint as Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint, Conor returned to Wareable Media Group in 2022 as Editor-at-Large. Conor has become a wearables expert, and helps people get more from their wearable tech, via Wareable's considerable how-to-based guides. 

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