Just last week, we saw HTC release the new Vive Cosmos Elite VR headset package which includes the Cosmos Elite HMD headset, base stations and Vive controllers. HTC has announced now that it will offer the HMD as a standalone headset option.
After listening to feedback from existing Vive owners, HTC has decided to offer its new Cosmos Elite VR headset separately. Currently, the new HMD is only available as a full kit that includes two version 1.0 Vive Base Stations and two Vive Controllers. However, customers who have already purchased previous Vive VR systems probably won’t require the Vive base stations or controllers, so this new offer should save them a few quid when upgrading the HMD.
The new Vive Cosmos Elite updates the platform with external tracking to give the device more flexibility, while still retaining the 2880 x 1700 combined resolution for great visuals and a comfortable flip-up design. The new headset only purchase option for the Vive Cosmos Elite will begin this month, with some regions already able to place pre-orders for the HMD alone.
Currently, to purchase the full Vive Cosmos Elite bundle it will cost £899, which is similar to the cost of a Valve Index VR kit. The Cosmos Elite headset alone will set you back $549, so customers who already own base stations and controllers will make a good saving. As another added bonus, anyone who purchases the Cosmos Elite headset will also receive a redemption code for Half-Life: Alyx, as well as six months of Viveport infinity for free.
In addition, HTC will also offer the Vive Cosmos Elite External Tracking Faceplate separately too, for users to upgrade their original Vive Cosmos HMD. The External Tracking Plate is compatible with Vive base station versions 1.0/2.0 and original Vive and Vive Pro controllers. Buying the External Tracking Faceplate alone will also entitle you to Half-Life: Alyx and six-months Viveport Infinity free. The External Tracking faceplate is expected to launch globally in Q2 2020, priced at $199.
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KitGuru says: It's good to see HTC looking after its existing Vive customers with this HMD and External Tracking Faceplate only offer. Any of you guys thinking of upgrading to the Cosmos Elite and would benefit from his new headset only option?