HTC Vive Cosmos Elite Already Available for Pre-Order, to Begin Shipping on March 18
HTC’s new virtual reality headsets for hardcore gamers, Vive Cosmos Elite, can now be pre-ordered.
HTC recently unveiled its new Vive Cosmos lineup. Unlike the standard Vive Cosmos, the Vive Cosmos Elite version enables users to choose whether to forgo the inside-out tracking of the standard Vive Cosmos instead of the relying just on the SteamVR Lighthouse base stations as well as a new External Tracking Faceplate. The Vive Cosmos Elite ships with the faceplate preinstalled as well as two SteamVR base stations and two classic Vive controllers. The Cosmos Elite has an optional Vive Wireless Adapter as well as a Vive Tracker.
Lighthouse currently provides the most precise tracking solution for Virtual Reality even though it is not necessarily the most convenient tracking option: it includes two base stations which have to be mounted as high as possible on the wall or screwed onto two tripods.
The Cosmos Elite offers the standard Cosmos camera tracking which is directly integrated into the virtual reality headset such that it provides both tracking modes. This, along with the option to purchase a Vive wireless adapter are some of the unique selling points of the new HTC VR headsets.
The Cosmos Elite is the Successor to the Vive Pro
HTC spokesman Fabian Nappenbach stated that the Cosmos Elite is aimed at hardcore gamers that value maximum tracking precision. According to HTC, hardcore gamers are a special target group whose needs the company has so far addressed with the old Vive and the Vive Pro virtual reality headsets.
The Elite is a package that includes the Vive Cosmos Elite, with the Vive controllers as well as the integrated headphones. Additionally, there are two months of free Viveport Infinity subscription.
The Vive Cosmos Elite features packed pixels that get rid of the “screen door effect” and its faceplates are also interchangeable.
The pre-orders for the Vive Cosmos Elite are already available on the Vive website and the Virtual Reality headsets will begin shipping from March 18.
HTC is currently one of the leaders in the VR industry and its lineup of VR headsets is growing by the day.
The Cosmos Elite costs $899 which includes not just the headset but also a pair of controllers. There are also two SteamVR base stations that work with the External Tracking Faceplate. HTC has positioned the Cosmos Elite as the headset for elite Virtual Reality gamers looking for more demanding VR experiences. There is no word yet on the entry-level Cosmos Play headset.