The Vive Cosmos had a shaky begin, however HTC has made a whole lot of enhancements to its newest VR headset. And these updates (which I’ll cowl quickly) might make you wish to decide one as much as play video games like Half-Life: Alyx. This is particularly true in case you already personal the unique Vive. To encourage these VR fans to improve, HTC plans to sell a standalone version of the Cosmos head-mounted display. The firm can also be starting gross sales of the External Tracking Faceplate, which allows the Cosmos to work with the Vive’s lighthouse trackers.

The Vive Cosmos headset begins delivery in April for $549. This saves you $150 over the $700 Vive Cosmos bundle that comes with the controllers. You can then even have the choice of buying the External Tracking Faceplate for $199. That add-on allows your base stations to trace the Cosmos as a result of it in any other case makes use of its built-in inside-out monitoring cameras. The faceplate begins delivery in Q2.

It might all appear complicated in case you’re simply stepping into VR. But the best choice in case you’re ranging from zero (and have already got a strong PC) is to get a bundled system. This may imply the $700 Cosmos bundle. Or you might get the $899 choice that comes with Vive Cosmos Elite, the bottom stations, and controllers.

But at the moment’s announcement from HTC is about catering to the VR early adopters. Those clients have already made investments in VR {hardware}, and now they wish to decide and select the place they improve. The standalone Cosmos and External Faceplate Tracker allows that selection.