#CES2019 – One of the early limitations of VR headsets was that they were largely dependent on being tethered to a PC. This is because a PC was required to power them and also run the apps for the headset. However we’ve started to see more models launched as standalone headsets, with the latest offering coming from HTC.
The company has announced its latest VR headset in the form of the HTC Vive Cosmos. This is actually not the company’s first time launching a standalone VR headset, where back in 2017, the company announced the HTC Vive Focus. However the selling point of the Vive Cosmos is its alleged ease of use, where users can bring it with them on the go and launch a VR experience easily.
According to Daniel O’Brien, GM, Americas, HTC Vive, “We found that over 85% of VR intenders believe that ease of use and set up is the most important factor to consider while purchasing a headset. We believe Cosmos will make VR more easily accessible to those who may not have invested in VR before and also be a superior experience for VR enthusiasts.”
That being said before you get too excited, the HTC Vive Cosmos isn’t available for purchase just yet. The company has plans to launch a developer kit of the headset in the early part of 2019, with availability and pricing of the commercial model to be shared in the later part of the year.