HTC Now Offers a Vive Cosmos Wireless Bundle for $799 For is Anniversary Sale
HTC Vive anniversaries have typically been grand and pompous affairs with plenty of discounts as well as promotional offers. This year, with the COVID-19 raging around the globe, the event has been a little subdued but HTC has still provided a deal in the form of a Vive Cosmos Wireless Bundle which will include the Vive Cosmos headset and a wireless adapter all for a price of $799. The offer is only available until Wednesday, April 8 2020.
This will result in $248 in savings over the purchase of the Vive Cosmos headset and the wireless adapter separately that typically costs $1047. This offer runs through the end of April 8. The offer is only available for a limited duration of time in the US.
The Vive Cosmos headset has the modular faceplate with the four lenses, a pair of wireless controllers as well as the Wireless Adaptor for the Vive Cosmos headset. You will, therefore, not have to worry about the encumbrance of cables.
The bundle will only be limited to US and is not available in other country portals where Vive products are sold such as Canada, UK and Australia. It is only the US website that currently acknowledges the Vive Anniversary date.
With its recent release of a Vive Cosmos line, HTC has been making an attempt at revamping its Cosmos to try and catch up with its main competitors Oculus Rift S and Valve Index that stole the show in 2019. Those headsets are currently continuously out of stock as they face supply issues due to the current coronavirus pandemic.
Both the Valve Index and Rift S headsets do not have a wireless adapter but Valve is working on incorporating one while Facebook is reportedly working on a wireless version of its Oculus Link connection for Oculus Quest.
HTC’s standard Vive Cosmos virtual reality headset is still in stock through its official website while its new Vive Cosmos Elite Kit is available through SteamVR tracking. This week, the pre-orders for the Vive Cosmos Elite (headset-only) will go live and the launch is planned for the end of April.
HTC has a large lineup of virtual reality hardware slated for this year thanks to the modular removable front panel of its headset lineup. HTC’s developer-oriented Vive Cosmos XR headset that has been designed for mixed reality is set to be released in Q2 2020.
Then there is the Vive Cosmos Play which is the ‘baby option’ in the lineup. The Cosmos Play is a stripped back version that is built with four inside-out tracking cameras and has no external headphones. The headset is already available on the website although the listing does not include the price and the release window.
All the Vive Cosmos hardware have core specifications that include a high resolution of 2880 x 1700 (1440 x 1700 per eye) via an LCD display. The hinged front of the headset enables wearers to easily slip in and out of virtual reality. The headsets also feature 6DoF motion controllers.
You can realize a wireless PC VR experience through a Virtual Desktop software on Oculus Quest. This configuration results in the significant compression of data which leads to higher latency that can make wearers sick. Since data is transmitted via a regular Wi-Fi network that can result in network hitches when the router is far away of when the network is too congested. This can also induce sickness in the VR experience.
The Cosmos headset lineup providers a much wider range for controller tracking than Oculus Quest due to its high-resolution, side cameras as well as its integrated headphones. The Cosmos headset offers greater comfort for most wearers than the Quest headset that is front-heavy.
Oculus Quest is a standalone headset which suits many users. HTC and Qualcomm have toyed with the idea of interfacing the Cosmos with the smartphone although the concept is yet to see the light of day.
Currently, the Cosmos headset is the only consumer-oriented virtual reality hardware that has a wireless adapter. Wireless functionality enables users to enjoy immersive experiences without the inconvenience of a tethered cable, a pain point for many PC VR users.
Wireless capability might just be the feature that would push PC gamers into SteamVR and the Cosmos headset could be one of the best options. The wireless adapter is targeting the more advanced users and requires the user to install a card into the PCIe slot on their desktop PC. If you are comfortable with this functionality and have $800 to spare, then you can grab the Vive Cosmos Wireless Bundle by Wednesday.