We still have much to learn about the HTC Vive Cosmos. But this new video gives us another look at its promising controllers.
The Vive Cosmos controllers are designed to be used with the headset’s onboard cameras. This enables full 6DOF inside-out tracking without the need for external sensors as seen with the original Vive. The cameras follow the illuminated lights that sprawl around the tracking ring, which circles around the top of the device.
Take a peek at the new #HTCVIVE COSMOS controllers. The gamer-friendly controls & seamless tracking on the VIVE COSMOS controllers are designed to give you greater control of your VR experience. Stay tuned into more COSMOS announcements on our website. https://t.co/xfLIL6GjCm pic.twitter.com/wJRHRy1Gcb
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But that’s not all. The Vive Cosmos controllers are also HTC’s first to use analog sticks instead of trackpads. There’s also the usual trigger button, but it’s got a button above that too. They look like the L1/R1 and L2/R2 buttons seen on a PlayStation controller.
Cosmos itself is set to release later this year. It can run on a PC, but HTC is also hinting that it will plug into a phone to offer VR on the go. It’ll be HTC’s first device to run on the Vive Reality System platform. We don’t know how much it’ll cost, nor its exact release date just yet. Elsewhere, HTC also announced a brand new headset today. It’s called the Vive Focus Plus and it follows up on the original standalone headset from last year with its own 6DOF controllers.