HTC Announces $549 Headset-Only Cosmos Elite (With Free Alyx)

Two weeks in the past, HTC launched its Vive Cosmos Elite headset at $899. This week, its revealing some cheaper options.

The complete Cosmos Elite package comes with the headset, the SteamVR monitoring faceplate, two SteamVR base stations and Vive wands controllers. Beginning in April, nonetheless, HTC might be delivery simply the headset and the faceplate for $549. That’s an enormous discount in value however, clearly, you’ll want some present base stations and controllers to make use of it. It is perhaps a possible improve for existing-Vive house owners, although we haven’t obtained ultimate impressions for ourselves simply but.

As for present Cosmos house owners, the corporate will even be delivery the standalone faceplate for $199. We initially obtained a glimpse of this feature late final yr. In fact, you’ll already want a Cosmos for this feature.

Each choices might be delivery to the US on Could 1. You’ll have the ability to pre-order the headset on April 1. Supply in different areas will differ, as outlined within the official Vive weblog. “Given demand, we’re releasing these to markets as shortly as we will given provide chain challenges related to the continuing well being disaster,” the corporate wrote.

Whether or not you’re shopping for the bottom headset, simply the faceplate or getting the complete package, Cosmos Elite nonetheless comes with a free copy of Half-Life: Alyx (which is superb). There’s additionally six months of free entry to the corporate’s VR subscription service, Viveport Infinity. This allows you to entry a large library of video games and experiences at no further price.

We’re nonetheless ready on information about Cosmos’ cheaper choice, the Cosmos Play, which comes with a faceplate for four-camera inside-out monitoring. HTC had steered a $499 value level for the package, although that’s not set in stone proper now.