When it comes to VR, there are a few essential things that make the difference between a truly immersive and enjoyable experience, and a lackluster one: resolution and refresh rate.
When these two features are well supported with the underlying technology, the entire VR experience becomes something to behold and one that you’ll remember for all the right reasons.
Let’s dive right into the HTC VIVE Cosmos and why it is packing a powerful punch in the world of VR.
Soaring to New Horizons: 90Hz and a 1700p Screen
The future of VR is here!
The latest VIVE Cosmos drop has us ogling at a range of motion that is not only expanded but seamless. The HTC VIVE Cosmos is an upgrade that we have all been waiting for.
Resolution – With one of the highest resolutions on the market, these headsets sit at an impressive 2880 x 1700p screen resolution for each eye. The LCD panels are improved, the distance between pixels has been reduced—which means you get to experience less of the screen-door effect.
Refresh rate – at 90hz, the refresh rate is the absolute standard, and you cannot go any lower if you are looking for a completely immersive VR experience.
Field of view – The 6 sensors allow you to experience the 6 degrees of freedom with 6 camera sensors for the ultimate inside-out tracking experience.
Flip into Reality – The headset has an improved Virtual to Reality flip-up design, you can flip in, and out of the spaces you are working in.
The Set-Up – Anyone that has invested in VR glasses or headsets will know that they can be a little frustrating to set up. The VIVE Cosmos is a plug-and-play model with no need for a base station. As long as your PC is compatible, you are pretty much good to go.
What Makes a 90Hz and a 1700p Screen VR Headset So Great?
To put it simply, gamers want complete immersion into the worlds they frequent daily. They want the best experience possible. Gamers and VR enthusiasts want to feel like they are part of the game while unplugging from reality for a little while. One of the many reasons we look forward to new releases or upgrades and improvements is that each headset’s whole experience is unique.
In ten years from now, when eye-motion tracking is considered old tech, we will quickly jump between different multiverses seamlessly. For now, though, we are pretty impressed with the advances of the current VIVE Cosmos.
Total immersion plays a significant role in the overall VR experience. Several things impact the immersive experience—from wired tech and frame rates to responsive add ons and sensors. They all play a role in making VR seamless or glitchy.
The Cosmos has a few pretty impressive features that allow you to fully immerse into your preferred reality. The camera sensors are paired with the latest software advances, allowing for improved tracking accuracy. This makes all the difference when you are playing a game that requires fast or subtle movements.
Whether you’re just getting started on your VR journey and want to play around with VR, or are entirely sold on it, everyone has options. The Vive Cosmos is modular in design; essentially, you are the architect of your in-game or VR experience.
All components and extras are equipped with RGB lighting that glows while you use them. What tech-fundi doesn’t have at least one shiny piece of equipment? The glow actually serves a purpose to allow for better tracking and a smoother experience, again allowing you to fully unplug from reality and jump straight into VR.
The Caveat of Wireless
While the VIVE Cosmos is one of the only virtual reality glasses with 90 Hz and a 1700p screen on the market, the one caveat is it is wired. That is one of the downsides to VR headsets; the wiring can get in the way of things or just be a minor, aesthetic irritation.
However, the VIVE has a modular expansion for wireless which has a minor downside. The frame rate is lowered when plugged into the wireless dock, from 90HZ to a basic 60HZ. It is not the end of the world; however, as technology has advanced this far, it won’t be long until they manage to improve this feature, and we can see that number start climbing.
In the Virtual Eye of The Beholder
The advances of VR are leaking out into the broader world of tech and business—VR is no longer just for us gamers. It is becoming a part of business and everyday life. Immersive tech has allowed artists to climb into their artwork. Architects can stand inside their creations and build them from the inside out. Each advance in VR has plunged us a little further into the future.