HTC Plans Cheaper Vive Cosmos Model, $900 SteamVR Tracking Model

There’s a de facto Vive Cosmos worth reduce on the way in which, although by how a lot we’re unsure.

HTC is introducing two new fashions of the Cosmos to promote alongside the unique $699 mannequin. The primary known as Cosmos Play.

Vive Cosmos Worth Reduce (Kind Of)

This package deal incorporates the headset with a four-camera faceplate for inside-out positional monitoring versus the six-camera resolution seen within the preliminary Cosmos package deal. It additionally comes with two Vive Cosmos controllers however ditches the side-mounted headphones seen within the unique Cosmos bundle. HTC’s Dan O’Brien instructed us the corporate will promote the headphones as equipment do you have to wish to improve, however you need to use your individual headphones/earphones too.

Cheaper Vive Cosmos PlayCheaper Vive Cosmos PlayThe four-camera Vive Cosmos Play

There’s some confusion over the Vive Cosmos Play’s worth, nonetheless. In a gathering earlier this week, HTC instructed us that the bundle could be priced at $499. Nevertheless, the corporate later eliminated that price ticket from the accompanying press launch and instructed us that, because the mannequin doesn’t have a last launch date but, the associated fee “could also be up to date”. So Play might find yourself being both roughly than $499, however HTC says it’s hoping to maintain the value “shopper pleasant as potential”.

At $499, the Cosmos Play could be $100 greater than the $399 Oculus Rift S and half the value of the $999 Valve Index. We don’t know, nonetheless, how correct Cosmos’ inside-out monitoring will show to be with two of the cameras eliminated, although HTC says its stays dedicated to enhancing the equipment’s capabilities.

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The second Cosmos package deal sits the opposite aspect of the unique mannequin. The Cosmos Elite, because it’s known as, is a $899 headset that comes with the SteamVR monitoring faceplate we launched at our Vacation VR Showcase late final 12 months. It additionally consists of two SteamVR base stations and the unique Vive wand controllers.

HTC says this package deal is obtainable to “meet the wants of as we speak’s most demanding fanatics”, although Cosmos Elite is $100 greater than the unique Vive that supported the identical monitoring resolution (albeit with out ear telephones and a bulkier design). This faceplate will work with SteamVR base stations, too, but it surely’s simply the unique variations within the field. It launches in Q1, although the faceplate shall be offered standalone in Q2.

The transfer comes after what O’Brien characterised as a “tough begin” for Vive Cosmos, which launched in late 2019. O’Brien didn’t provide any gross sales stats, however Steam Survey outcomes point out that there are at the moment much less Cosmos models getting used on the platform than there are Oculus Rift DK2s (which was the corporate’s second growth equipment launched in 2014). As a substitute, O’Brien pointed to complaints concerning the equipment’s monitoring points and different issues the gadget encountered at launch.

So there you go. It’s technically not a Vive Cosmos worth reduce, however it’s a cheaper Vive Cosmos. Do you suppose that’s sufficient? Will these modifications to the Cosmos line-up sway you into shopping for one? Tell us within the feedback under!