Users will enjoy "striking graphics, lifelike sound, and immersive experience", says HTC, which adds that the new Vive inside-out tracking system is one of the key attractions for this next gen HMD for PCs (no external base stations required).
The Cosmos' main focus is on comfort. 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.
Initially, you still need to somehow connect to a computer, as the device still demands a lot of graphical gaming power. The idea behind launching the Vive Cosmos to address those issues that bother most VR headset users. However, a glowing silhouette of a smartphone, is a strong hint in the direction HTC is headed. But if VR is going to become a true consumer technology it needs to be viable for all kinds of people at all kinds of price points for all kinds of uses. HTC must be just teasing us intending to go forward with a proper launch at a later event. Both the VR headsets are targeted at a different set of users. While the Cosmos features inside-out tracking, the HTC Vive Pro Eye brings you "foveated rendering" to change the way you'll look at games and apps in virtual reality (VR) forever. The VR headset essentially integrated eye tracking natively and will allow businesses and developers greater accessibility and better training simulations. 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). HTC explains that the eye tracking takes place via LED sensors located around the lenses inside the HMD. Combined with the eye tracking tech, companies can track where consumers look the most to help develop products. Additionally, HTC has partnered with Mozilla to make Firefox Reality the default web browser on all Vive VR headsets.
Finally, HTC also announced an exciting update for members of the Viveport subscription service: starting on Vive Day, April 5, 2019, Viveport will move to an unlimited subscription model known as Viveport Infinity.
Highlights include Origin, which is a rich virtual world for interacting with others, and Vive Lens, which lets you travel between virtual worlds easily.