HTC to Sell Cosmos Elite Headset Separate from Controllers & Base Stations



HTC introduced that it’s going to start promoting a headset-only bundle of Cosmos Elite priced at $550. Although Cosmos Elite turned out there final month, it was solely bought in a bundle that included controllers and base stations for $900. Providing the headset by itself makes Cosmos Elite a extra enticing choice for many who already personal controllers and base stations.

In an op-ed final month I outlined the complicated positioning of HTC’s numerous VR headsets and famous how the modularity of Cosmos wasn’t sensible when contemplating the pricing construction. Amongst these points is the truth that HTC left no clear path for its present Vive house owners (who already personal SteamVR Monitoring controllers and base stations) to purchase into the Cosmos headset with out re-buying controllers and base stations:

This modularity would make a bit extra sense if HTC would promote the Cosmos headsets individually. In any case, that manner individuals who purchased into their VR with the unique Vive (which suggests they have already got SteamVR Monitoring base stations and controllers) would profit from that funding by merely shopping for the Cosmos Elite headset by itself to make use of it with their present . As an alternative, HTC has left no clear path for loyal, present VR clients to decide on Cosmos.

By solely promoting the headsets bundled with controllers and different , HTC has created a roundabout path the place—if you have already got SteamVR Monitoring base stations and controllers—the best choice is to purchase Cosmos Play for $500 after which add the Cosmos Elite faceplate for $200, successfully getting you the Cosmos Elite headset for $700 (as a substitute of $900), however nonetheless leaving you with two Cosmos controllers you don’t need however needed to pay for anyway.

By saying that it’s going to promote the Cosmos Elite headset by itself for $550, HTC has created a way more welcoming path for anybody who already owns base stations or appropriate controllers to choose up Cosmos Elite with out paying extra for they already personal.

HTC is launching the headset-only Cosmos Elite bundle on a rolling foundation in numerous areas:

Nation
      Pre-Order
      On Sale
CN
       N/A
      16-Apr
TW
      1-Apr
      16-Apr
EU
      7-Apr
      27-Apr
UK
      7-Apr
      27-Apr
CA
      1-Apr
      1-Might
US
      1-Apr
      1-Might
AU
       N/A
      Might
KR
       N/A
      Might
NZ
      N/A
      Might
JP
     To be introduced
     To be introduced
KSA
      1-Might
      18-Might
UAE
      1 Might
      18-Might

HTC has additionally introduced the regional launch dates for the Cosmos Exterior Monitoring Faceplate, the $200 add-on faceplate which brings SteamVR Monitoring to the bottom Cosmos headset.

Nation
On Sale
KR
Late April
CA
1-Might
US
1-Might
EU
15-Might
UK
15-Might
AU
Might
ME
10-Jun
TW
Late April
JP
To be introduced

HTC can also be together with a digital code for Half-Life: Alyx with the buy of any bundle of Cosmos Elite or the Exterior Monitoring Faceplate.

Although this transformation makes it much more sensible for house owners of present SteamVR Monitoring and peripherals to contemplate Cosmos Elite as their subsequent headset, at $550 it’s nonetheless received a worth drawback in comparison with Valve’s Index headset which is bought by itself for $500.