There’s only five days to go until Valve launches Half-Life: Alyx on the world and if you’ve not already got a compatible virtual reality (VR) headset a new choice has now arrived, the Vive Cosmos Elite. Released today, the HTC Vive is offering a bundle which includes Half-Life: Alyx for free.
The launch comes at a unique time where it’s almost impossible to buy the Valve Index and supplies of Oculus Rift S are thin on the ground. Vive Cosmos Elite was revealed last month in conjunction with a couple of other faceplates for the Vive Cosmos, the Elite version supporting SteamVR’s lighthouse basestation tracking solution.
Today sees the launch of the full Vive Cosmos Elite kit which retails for £899 GBP. That price includes the headset and a pre-installed External Tracking Faceplate, two SteamVR basestations, and two Vive controllers. Customers will also receive a redemption code in-box that will unlock Half-Life: Alyx when it launches on 23rd March. Those who already have a Vive Cosmos will be able to purchase the External Tracking Faceplate in Q2 for $199. It can be used with basestation’s v1.0 or v2.0 as well as the original Vive or Vive Pro controllers.
No matter which faceplate is on the Vive Cosmos, all the headsets will still feature a combined resolution of 2880×1770 (1440×1700 per-eye) using an LCD display and a hinged front to easily drop in and out of VR.
“Since we introduced Vive, the industry has clamoured for a seminal VR title,” said Yves Maître, CEO, HTC in a statement. “With Half-Life: Alyx, we believe Valve is delivering the experience and expertise to move VR gameplay forward. Congratulations to the Valve team on the upcoming launch.”
Half-Life: Alyx is set to be the biggest VR launch of 2020, with plenty of gamers excitedly awaiting its arrival next week. With its story set between the original Half-Life and Half-Life 2, you’ll be able to play as Alyx who leads the resistance against the hostile alien race known as the Combine. For more details on the videogame take a look at VRFocus‘ ‘Half-Life: Alyx – All The Gameplay Info Revealed So Far‘ feature.
As the Vive Cosmos range continues to expand, VRFocus will keep you updated.