HTC Vive Cosmos VR headset lands on October 3 for $699

The HTC Vive Cosmos is the company's first modder-friendly VR headset

The HTC Vive Cosmos is the company's first modder-friendly VR headset

The all-new Vive comes with six camera sensors for wide and accurate inside-out tracking. Today, pre-orders have now gone live, pricing the device at £699 GBP/$699 United States dollars whilst revealing further details for interested customers.

Under the hood, the HTC Vive Cosmos features dual 3.4-inch LCD displays with a total of 1440 x 1700 pixels per eye and a 90Hz refresh rate. the Vive controllers have also been redesigned.

Vive Cosmos was built to adapt to the needs of VR customers easily, versatility, and performance at the forefront.

The HTC Vive Cosmos is definitely more gamer-oriented and, on paper at least, stacks up nicely against the Oculus Rift S that was released earlier this year: Neither headset requires the use of external trackers (in HTC's case, base stations), however both require a hardwired connection to a PC to work. One can pair the Vive Cosmos with a PC as well. Among the first mods is the Vive Cosmos External Tracking Mod that will make the Cosmos compatible with the base stations.

On top of this, Vive Cosmos will be compatible with the Vive Wireless Adapter for those who want untethered gaming.

One aspect that HTC wants to play up before launch is the Cosmos' versatile mod support that will enable new features on the headset in the future. It will be available in the first quarter next year, followed by an unknown second mod. Every customer who pre-orders their Cosmos by October 2 will receive a 12-month Viveport Infinity redeem code in their box.

HTC is almost nearly ready to release its next VR headset, the Vive Cosmos, which launches globally on October 3.

While the HTC Vive Cosmos seems like a big step up from the original Vive that the company released back in June 2016, its biggest challenge is the Oculus Rift S. Oculus' hardware has similar specs, will have access to numerous same games, uses similar inside-out tracking and will appeal to the same audience.

It's not just a new HMD HTC Vive has created. 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. It's being called Lens and it should enable easier navigation across XR and Viveport Infinity apps. The Origin space is the launchpad for VR applications and interactive experiences that will grow over time.

Digital Trends has already been able to go hands-on with the device and applauded its flip-up screen and inside-out design as "flippin' genius".