Vodafone Qatar has launched HTC Vive Cosmos Elite, the latest premium PC-based virtual reality (VR) gaming unit “promising gamers a more fully immersive gaming experience”.
The HTC Vive Cosmos Elite, an upgraded version of HTC’s modular Vive Cosmos headset, uses a detachable faceplate to enable compatibility with HTC’s legacy external sensors, Vodafone Qatar has said in a statement.
Like all of the Cosmos headsets, Cosmos Elite is built on the same core foundation, which means the same flip-up head-mount design, fresnel lenses, and 1,440×1,700 LCD displays with hardware IPD adjustment. But Cosmos Elite is designed to appeal to VR enthusiasts who want to leverage the power of SteamVR Tracking, the same Valve-made external tracking tech which has powered all of HTC’s PC VR headsets prior to Cosmos, the statement explains.
While Cosmos Elite is technically capable of the same level of inside-out tracking as other Cosmos headsets, the Elite comes with a unique faceplate, which is covered in sensors that detect tracking signals from two external base stations. Though it doesn’t have the convenience of inside-out tracking, SteamVR Tracking is widely considered a gold-standard for VR tracking thanks to its speed, accuracy, coverage, and robustness to varying lighting conditions.
As Cosmos Elite uses SteamVR Tracking, it doesn’t use the same controllers as the other Cosmos headsets; instead it uses the Vive wand controllers which launched with the original Vive.
The HTC VIVE Cosmos Elite headset and a pair of controls will retail for the limited-period launch price of QR3,799. The special launch offer includes a free two-month membership of VIVEPORT Infinity, offering unlimited access to hundreds of premium VR apps, games and videos and a range of other content exclusive to subscribers.
Vive Cosmos is available at Vodafone Qatar’s e-shop and at the company’s newly opened retail store in Doha Festival City. Vodafone Qatar is also offering free door-to-door delivery of every Vive Cosmos ordered. Customers can request for this service at www.vodafone.qa/delivery.