On the 28th of June 2019, HTC released its VR headset, called HTC Vive Cosmos. It’s is the successor of the famous HTC Vive Pro. When looking for the best laptop for HTC Vive Cosmos headset, there are a few specs to take into consideration. To spare you some time searching, I compiled a list of the best laptops for your VR headset.

Recommended Laptop For HTC Vive Cosmos

Last update on 2020-08-10.

HTC Vive Cosmos Minimum System Requirements:

  • CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-4590 or AMD FX™ 8350 equivalent or better
  • GPU: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 970 4GB, AMD Radeon™ R9 290 4GB equivalent or better VR Ready graphics card.
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM
  • Video Output: DisplayPort 1.2 or newer
  • USB Ports: 1 x USB 3.0 port

 

HTC Vive Cosmos Recommended System Requirements:

  • CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-4590 or AMD FX™ 8350 equivalent or better
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070/Quadro P5000 or above, or AMD Radeon Vega 56 or above.
  • RAM: 8 GB+ RAM
  • Video Output: DisplayPort 1.2 or newer
  • USB Ports: 1 x USB 3.0 port

Source: https://www.vive.com/eu/product/cosmos/

 

What is the best VR gaming laptop for HTC Vive Cosmos?

There are two main factors for the laptop being suitable for Vive Cosmos. First is no brainer, meeting the recommended system requirements. Do yourself a favor and never go for the minimum. 🙂

And the other is connectivity. A laptop must have the right ports to hook up the VR headset to.

 

Meeting the Recommended System Requirements

The main part of the laptop to be able to run VR content on HTC Vive Cosmos is a graphics card or GPU. The recommended one is NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070. Although this is recommended by HTC itself, I noticed quite a different recommended specs for different VR games on the Steam platform. For example, the popular game Beat Saber, the recommended GPU is GTX 1060. On the other hand Fallout 4 VR, requires an Nvidia GTX 1080. So this is really game-specific. That’s why this list of laptops contains laptops from GTX 1070 up to RTX 2080.

My recommendation is to go for an RTX laptop as new VR games are being released constantly. Even with higher system requirements.

The recommended 8 GBs of ram has pretty much every gaming laptop nowadays.

For the CPU, all the laptops listed here have more than enough powerful CPU to run Vive Cosmos with ease.

 

Connectivity

HTC Vive Cosmos requires only one USB 3.0 and a DisplayPort 1.2 (or Mini DisplayPort). This is very important as there are many gaming laptops on the market with only an HDMI port. And there are no HDMI to DisplayPort adapters that support the bandwidth throughput required.

So it’s an absolute must for a laptop to have a Display Port or Mini Display Port (mDP). DisplayPort to Mini Display Port adapter is not included in the box, you need to buy it separately. But it costs just a few bucks. For example, this adapter works flawlessly: Rankie Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort Adapter 

Another option is the newest standard of USB Type-C with DisplayPort Alternate Mode. But not all the laptops have this option. There is a DisplayPort icon near it if it has this capability as shown below…

 

Then you can make it work with the USB Type-C -> Display Port adapter. This adapter works perfectly: Cable Matters USB C to DisplayPort Adapter 

Also, considering having both HDMI and DisplayPort (or Mini) is also a great choice if you plan to hook up an external monitor, TV or projector for the spectators. Let’s say if you are hosting a VR party. 🙂

 

 

Comparison Table

MSI P65 Creator 8RF-450US Ultra Thin Productivity / Gaming Laptop, 15.6" 144Hz Anti-Glare Display, GTX 1070 8GB, i7-8750H, 32GB RAM, 512GB NVMe, Win 10 Pro 64bit, Backlit Keys, Fingerprint, Metal,Designer White
Asus ROG Strix Hero II Gaming Laptop, 15.6” 144Hz IPS Type Full HD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, Intel Core i7-8750H, 16GB DDR4, 512GB PCIe Nvme SSD, RGB KB, Windows 10, GL504GV-DS74
Acer Predator Triton 500 Thin & Light Gaming Laptop, Intel Core i7-8750H, GeForce RTX 2060 with 6GB, 15.6" Full HD 144Hz 3ms IPS Display, 16GB DDR4, 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD, RGB Keyboard, PT515-51-71VV
ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II Slim Gaming Laptop GL504, 15.6” 144Hz IPS Type, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070, Intel Core i7-8750H Processor, 16GB DDR4, 256GB PCIe SSD + 1TB SSHD, Windows 10 Home - GL504GS-DS74
MSI GT75 TITAN-014 17.3" Extreme Gaming Laptop NVIDIA RTX 2070 8G, 144Hz 3ms, Intel i7-8750H (6 cores), 32GB, 512GB NVMe SSD+1TB, G-Sync Thunderbolt 3, Per Key RGB, Win 10 Pro, Aluminum Black
Processor
i7-8750H
i7-8750H
i7-8750H
i7-8750H
i7-8750H
or i9-8950HK
GPU
GTX 1070 8G
or RTX2070 8G Max-Q
RTX 2060 6GB
or RTX 2070 8G
RTX 2060 6GB
or RTX 2080 8G
GTX 1070
RTX 2070 8G
or RTX 2080 8G
RAM
32GB DDR4
16GB DDR4
16GB
or 32GB DDR4
16GB DDR4
16GB
or 32GB
Storage
512TB NVMe SSD
512GB PCIe Nvme SSD
512GB
or 1TB NVMe SSD
256GB PCIe NVMe SSD + 1TB SSHD
512GB NVMe SSD + 1TB HDD
or 256GB NVMe SSD
Display
15.6", 144Hz, Full HD
15.6", 144Hz, Full HD, IPS
15.6", 144Hz, Full HD, IPS
15.6", Full HD, 144Hz, IPS
17.3" Full HD, 144Hz
or 4K, 60Hz
DisplayPort
Mini DisplayPort 1.2
Mini DisplayPort 1.2
Mini DisplayPort 1.4
Mini DisplayPort 1.2
Mini DisplayPort 1.2
USB 3.0
$2,999.77
$1,432.93
$2,601.20
$2,499.11
Price not available
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MSI P65 Creator 8RF-450US Ultra Thin Productivity / Gaming Laptop, 15.6" 144Hz Anti-Glare Display, GTX 1070 8GB, i7-8750H, 32GB RAM, 512GB NVMe, Win 10 Pro 64bit, Backlit Keys, Fingerprint, Metal,Designer White
Processor
i7-8750H
GPU
GTX 1070 8G
or RTX2070 8G Max-Q
RAM
32GB DDR4
Storage
512TB NVMe SSD
Display
15.6", 144Hz, Full HD
DisplayPort
Mini DisplayPort 1.2
USB 3.0
$2,999.77
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Best Overall
Asus ROG Strix Hero II Gaming Laptop, 15.6” 144Hz IPS Type Full HD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, Intel Core i7-8750H, 16GB DDR4, 512GB PCIe Nvme SSD, RGB KB, Windows 10, GL504GV-DS74
Processor
i7-8750H
GPU
RTX 2060 6GB
or RTX 2070 8G
RAM
16GB DDR4
Storage
512GB PCIe Nvme SSD
Display
15.6", 144Hz, Full HD, IPS
DisplayPort
Mini DisplayPort 1.2
USB 3.0
$1,432.93
Acer Predator Triton 500 Thin & Light Gaming Laptop, Intel Core i7-8750H, GeForce RTX 2060 with 6GB, 15.6" Full HD 144Hz 3ms IPS Display, 16GB DDR4, 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD, RGB Keyboard, PT515-51-71VV
Processor
i7-8750H
GPU
RTX 2060 6GB
or RTX 2080 8G
RAM
16GB
or 32GB DDR4
Storage
512GB
or 1TB NVMe SSD
Display
15.6", 144Hz, Full HD, IPS
DisplayPort
Mini DisplayPort 1.4
USB 3.0
$2,601.20
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ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II Slim Gaming Laptop GL504, 15.6” 144Hz IPS Type, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070, Intel Core i7-8750H Processor, 16GB DDR4, 256GB PCIe SSD + 1TB SSHD, Windows 10 Home - GL504GS-DS74
Processor
i7-8750H
GPU
GTX 1070
RAM
16GB DDR4
Storage
256GB PCIe NVMe SSD + 1TB SSHD
Display
15.6", Full HD, 144Hz, IPS
DisplayPort
Mini DisplayPort 1.2
USB 3.0
$2,499.11
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Desktop Replacement
MSI GT75 TITAN-014 17.3" Extreme Gaming Laptop NVIDIA RTX 2070 8G, 144Hz 3ms, Intel i7-8750H (6 cores), 32GB, 512GB NVMe SSD+1TB, G-Sync Thunderbolt 3, Per Key RGB, Win 10 Pro, Aluminum Black
Processor
i7-8750H
or i9-8950HK
GPU
RTX 2070 8G
or RTX 2080 8G
RAM
16GB
or 32GB
Storage
512GB NVMe SSD + 1TB HDD
or 256GB NVMe SSD
Display
17.3" Full HD, 144Hz
or 4K, 60Hz
DisplayPort
Mini DisplayPort 1.2
USB 3.0
Price not available
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Last update on 2020-08-10.

 

1. MSI P65 Creator

Photo: youtube.com

CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H  GRAPHICS: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8G or RTX2070 8G Max-Q|  SCREEN: 15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080), 144Hz  |  RAM: 32GB DDR4  STORAGE: 512GB NVMe SSD  |  DisplayPort: Yes – mDP 1.2  |  USB 3.0: Yes

Great performance
Slim, beautiful design
Gets hot while gaming

 

Last update on 2020-08-10.


 

2. Asus ROG Strix Hero II

Photo: laptop-reviews.online

CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H  GRAPHICS: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB or RTX 2070 8G  |  SCREEN: 15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080), IPS, 144Hz  |  RAM: 16GB DDR4  STORAGE: 512GB PCIe Nvme SSD  |  DisplayPort: Yes – mDP 1.2  |  USB 3.0: Yes

Powerful performance
Excellent keyboard
Bottom runs hot

 

Last update on 2020-08-10.


 

3. Acer Predator Triton 500

Photo: laptopmain.com

CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H GRAPHICS: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB or 2080 8G  |  SCREEN: 15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080), IPS, 144Hz  |  RAM: 16GB or 32GB DDR4  STORAGE: 512GB or 1TB NVMe SSD  |  DisplayPort: Yes – mDP 1.4  |  USB 3.0: Yes

Slim, portable design
Great overall and graphics performance
Runs hot under heavy load

 

Last update on 2020-08-10.


 

4. Asus ROG Strix SCAR II

Photo: youtube.com

CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H  GRAPHICS: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB  |  SCREEN: 15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080), 144Hz, IPS  |  RAM: 16GB DDR4  STORAGE: 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD + 1TB SSHD  |  DisplayPort: Yes – mDP 1.2  |  USB 3.0: Yes

Good price
Decent battery life
Fans a bit loud under heavy load

 

Last update on 2020-08-10.


 

5. MSI GT75 TITAN

 

CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H or i9-8950HK GRAPHICS: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8G or 2080 8G |  SCREEN: 17.3″ Full HD, 144Hz or 4K, 60Hz | RAM: 16GB or 32GB DDR4  STORAGE: 512GB NVMe SSD + 1TB HDD or 256GB NVMe SSD  |  DisplayPort: Yes – mDP 1.2  |  USB 3.0: Yes

Outstanding overall performance
Mechanical Keyboard
Price

 

Last update on 2020-08-09.

 

I wish you a happy journey to other worlds. 😉

I hope it helps, take care.

 

 

 

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