Spring is here so it’s time for some seasonal offers. The first out the gate is HTC Vive which is offering a £120 GBP discount (or regional equivalent) on its Vive Cosmos range in select countries.
This is becoming a trend for the company which previously conducted the same deal back in February. So for one week only, from now until 4th April, you can purchase either the standard Vive Cosmos or the Vive Cosmos Elite for that whopping discount. The brings the Vive Cosmos down from £699 to £579 and the Vive Cosmos Elite from £899 to £779. Not too shabby if you’re after a dedicated PC VR headset and the Valve Index is a bit too much of a stretch.
If you’re unaware of the difference between the two headsets, it’s all down to tracking. The Vive Cosmos has inside-out tracking thank’s to the six cameras dotted on the front and sides. These tracking both you’re position within your play area as well as the two motion controllers. This solution is also easier to setup with no external sensors to worry about. The Vive Cosmos on the other hand, utilises the SteamVR 1.0 basestations which need to be wall-mounted (or mounted on anything at the required height). Using this system you also ge tthe older, Vive motion controllers. The upside to this system is that its very accurate, can be expanded if you ever needed to and also supports the Vive Trackers.
As for the other features, both headsets provide a combined resolution of 2880×1770 (1440×1700 per-eye) using an LCD display, a 90Hz refresh rate, a maximum 110-degree FoV, IPD adjustment, a hinged halo strap to easily drop in and out of VR and built-in headphones for spatial audio.
HTC Vive is gearing up for a big 2021 by the looks of it. Earlier this month the company announced its new third-generation Vive Tracker which features improved battery life, weight reduction and smaller footprint. Additionally, the Vive Facial Tracker was launched, allowing for the real-time depiction of facial expressions.
Even more exciting, there’s a new headset on the way – possibly why the Vive Cosmos is being discounted. Very little has been revealed about the device other than it’s due this year and it’ll be all-in-one (AIO) so no PC required.
For UK customers, the current Vive Cosmos Spring deals can be found at Vive.com, Amazon, Argos, Carphone, Game, Overclockers, Scan and Ebuyer. For further hardware updates from HTC Vive, keep reading VRFocus.