Who Would Have Thought Setting Up VR Could Be This Easy.
It’s been nearly a month since the HTC Vive Cosmos was released and we figure it has been enough time for some of you to get your pennies together to buy one. As a direct competitor to the Oculus Rift S, the Cosmos has some strong competition. There is one battle it has won though, and that is the setup. In this article, we are going to go over what you can find in the Cosmos box and what to expect during setup.
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Under the Lid
Opening the box of the HTC Cosmos feels very premium. Everything has it’s own section and looks very nice. In the box you will find 4 x AA batteries for the controllers. You will also find a link box to connect the headset to the computer that allows you to turn the headset on and off. The Cosmos also comes with all the wires you could ask for; a Mini DisplayPort-to-DisplayPort cable, a power adaptort and a USB3.0-to-USB3.0 cable. Finally, you will find two Cosmos controllers and of course the HTC Cosmos itself.
This is probalby one of the more straightforward setup’s you are going to find for a VR Headset. To begin, all you need to do is follow the instructions on on the inside of the box. These instructions direct you to the HTC website where you can download the VIVE Port software. After this you will need to select the headset you are installing, in this case the Cosmos, and it will install the Cosmos software. While it is doing this, it will show you how to setup the headset for the most comfort and how to adjust the IPD settings.
If you don’t know what your IPD is, we have got you covered. Check out our post on what is IPD and how to measure it here.
After you have installed this software, you will need to install Steam VR. You can do this here or on the steam application. Next you will need to connect up your link box as illustrated by the VIVE Port program where it will then conduct a firmware update for the headset.
You will then need to pair your controllers with the headset after inserting the batteries. This is a fairly pain free process however it would be nice if they arrived pre-paired like the Rift S. You will then be asked to place the headset on your head, and commence the play space setup.
In a similar fashion to the Rift S, you will need to set the bounds of the playable area and the floor height using the pass-through function on the headset. Then there is one more firmware headset to be conducted on the controllers and the setup is complete.
All Done – Easy as Pie
Overall the setup of this headset is quite simple and straight through. While there is an abundance of updates, they are not very large and if you have any form of respectable internet you should be fine. Now go out and have fun with your new HTC Cosmos travelling the virtual world.