With Vive Cosmos Elite, you can choose the package you want that fits your needs as a gamer. Whether you play mostly by yourself at home or need a portable gaming solution, this is the VR system for you. They also offer one of the biggest VR entertainment platforms on the market today, with low monthly subscription fees for cutting-edge games and VR adventures. HTC har also recently announced a lip tracker for the HTC Vive headset, giving you more possibilities to express emotions in the game.
Read the full review to get the complete picture of what you can expect from this revolutionary virtual reality system.
Games and Features – Vive Cosmos Elite is not providing exclusive content like many others out there on the market. With HTC it doesn't matter if you choose a headset from them. For only around $10 per month, you can enjoy a huge variety of games and VR experience content from HTC Vive, with any headset you choose on the market. Play exciting titles like Down the Rabbit Hole, Paper Beast, Five Nights at Freddy's, and the Room VR among hundreds of top-quality titles. Check out Viveport.com to see if you can find the games you like!
Graphics and Processor – The refresh rate is up to 90Hz, so you will get excellent image quality when moving around in the game. It's not up to par with Valve Index of course, but it is competitive with newer headsets from Oculus. The 3.4-inch diagonal screen has a resolution of 1440 x 1700 pixels per eye, which is more than enough. The most important thing is the immersive feeling you get while using this headset, with no distractions that ruin the VR experience. This is one of the few high-end headsets that run well on just 4GB RAM, and you only need an IntelCore i5-4590 or AMD FX 8350 to make it run smoothly on the most popular titles you find in the Viveport. But it is recommended to have at least 16- 32GB RAM to make sure your system can handle the most advanced graphics out there.
Hardware and components - To ensure the best possible gaming experience, the HTC Vive Cosmos Elite comes with 2 lighthouse towers that you place in each opposite corner of the room. The control is smooth and has a fantastic response time. Perfect for those first-person shooter games where reaction time is everything! The 2 hand controllers give you the same precision as you would with a PC mouse, with smooth to fast motions handled effortlessly with comfort, and easily configured to your liking when it comes to sensitivity. The headset is not the most comfortable on the market, and it should come with some kind of padding to prevent chafing and give a more pleasant experience while wearing it. But it does give you many options on eye comfort to make sure the screen is perfectly fitted to your eyesight. If you want a more portable version and don't want to drag around 2 lighthouse towers while on the go, you can invest in other headsets like oculus quest 2.
Extras and prices – The Vive Cosmos Elite comes in 3 packages, so if you only want to upgrade your headset, it costs $549, and you can use it with most lighthouses you have already from known system providers on the market today. But we do recommend to get the full experience with the new lighthouse station and controllers from HTC Vive, and it only costs $350 more for the complete package. Also, you also get 2 months of Viveport membership for free. You can also choose the third package that includes a face tracker instead of the lighthouses. This ensures you a great gaming experience while on the go, instead of having to bling 2 lighthouse towers everywhere. The great thing about the Vive series from HTC, is that you can upgrade your previous headsets piece by piece in the Vive store online. So if you only need new hand controllers, Faceplate, or cable accessories, everything can be bought separately on the online store. For those who would rather purchase a standalone headset, HTC har recently announced that this is in the cards very soon.
Conclusion– The hand controllers fit very comfortably in your hand, but they take some time to get used to if you're more experienced with Oculus hand controllers or other brands. The headset is not the most comfortable to wear and can feel a bit clanky. But it does give excellent framerate, and it is one of the few headsets out there that can adjust to any users viewing preferences.
The Vive series is truly the only VR series that can fit your needs. To get the best experience at home, we recommend the package with the 2 lighthouse towers. But if you prefer a more versatile and movable unit, you can get the package with the face tracker instead for only 699,-
The HTC Vive Cosmos series is one of the few packages you can fit your liking, whether you're gaming at home or on the go- choose the accessories that fit your needs.