Vive Cosmos acquired off to a rocky begin when it was launched earlier this month. Some fairly questionable low-light monitoring really pressured us to postpone our assessment of Cosmos in concern of getting obtained a faulty unit (spoiler: it wasn’t). Whereas the corporate pushed out a scorching repair shortly afterwards that improved the vary of acceptable lighting situations, monitoring was nonetheless removed from good. Now HTC says an replace ought to be headed out sooner or later this month that appears to deal with a lot of monitoring points that at present plague its newest PC VR headset.
HTC says in a latest weblog put up that the replace seems to enhance low-light monitoring in Cosmos, and do it with higher prediction throughout quick actions. The corporate can also be aiming to cut back monitoring jitter, one thing that we seen even in optimum lighting situations.
All of this also needs to come alongside official compatibility for Vive Wi-fi Adapter, however that’s in all probability the least of your worries of you really purchased the $700 headset and are hoping for some enchancment within the general expertise.
As for the opposite half of the equation, the corporate maintains that Cosmos’ controllers will get improved low-light and excessive brightness monitoring stability too.
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The long run replace can also be stated to incorporate improved prediction fashions when a controller exits the headset’s FOV, and sooner and extra correct positional restoration when returning into the headset’s FOV.
Moreover, HTC maintains they’re bringing improved near-field headset/controller monitoring, which they are saying ought to enhance archery mechanics in video games—a troublesome situation for the reason that controllers come very near the headset’s inside-out monitoring cameras, making them troublesome to place precisely.
In our assessment of Cosmos (we wrote it after making an attempt the preliminary low-light scorching repair), Street to VR’s government editor Ben Lang famous that Cosmos’ monitoring efficiency nonetheless falls someplace between PSVR and Rift S when performed in optimum situations. There’s no telling how a lot HTC can really do from the software program facet of issues in considerably enhancing monitoring, though we’re hoping to strive the upcoming software program replace for ourselves within the coming days to see simply how far the admittedly tepid providing has come alongside.
Along with the forthcoming replace, the headset’s 1.zero.5 replace was launched late final week, and is alleged to incorporate higher room setup efficiency for low-light environments in addition to fixing a USB audio driver compatibility concern that effected customers with sure system configurations.