HTC Vive Cosmos review: Too late, too expensive

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The battle for at-home virtual reality started with the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive — but these days things are getting complicated. The Oculus Quest proves solid standalone VR is possible, and Valve is pushing the limits of high-end VR with the Index. Now here comes the Vive Cosmos, HTC’s first true successor to the Vive and business-focused Vive Pro.

Technically, the Cosmos is an upgrade in just about every way, but there’s just one problem: It costs $699, which makes it far more expensive than the Oculus Quest ($400) and Rift S ($400). The Cosmos’s price is a baffling strategic decision by HTC when the competition is so strong.

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  • No need to install sensors
  • Bright and sharp screens
  • Motion tracking works well
  • Far more expensive than Oculus headsets
  • Motion controllers feel dated
  • Headphones don’t reach your ears


The Cosmos delivers a solid high-end VR experience, but it’s nearly twice the price of Oculus’s devices, and it’s not nearly as versatile as the Quest. And if you’re looking for a money-is-no-object premium VR experience the Valve Index is a much better option for only $300 more.

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