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HTC to launch standalone Cosmos Elite headset and External Tracking Faceplate in April

HTC announced today that it will begin selling the standalone Vive Cosmos Elite head-mounted display in April along with a pre-installed External Tracking Faceplate. There's also a standalone version of the faceplate as well.

The Vive Cosmos Elite started rolling out to consumers earlier this month for $899, featuring 2880 x 1700 of combined pixel resolution. The headset-only package will retail for $549 along with a redemption code for Half-Life: Alyx and six months' worth of free Viveport Infinity, both of which are also available for the $199 standalone faceplate.

The HMD's flip-up headset design allows you to switch between reality and virtual settings. The Vive Cosmos Elite and the External Tracking Faceplate also support Vive’s peripherals including its wireless adapter and the Vive Tracker. Both the standalone Cosmos Elite headset and faceplate will be available beginning next month, with shipping dates varying by region.

Cosmos Elite Headset availability:

  • China and Taiwan - April 16
  • EU and the UK - April 27
  • U.S. and Canada - May 1
  • Australia, Korea, and New Zealand - May
  • Saudi Arabi and the UAE - May 18
  • Japan - To be announced

External Tracking Faceplate availability:

  • Korea and Taiwan - Late April
  • U.S. and Canada - May 1
  • EU and the UKUK - May 15
  • Australia - May
  • Middle East - June 10
  • Japan - To be announced

The faceplate is compatible with base station versions 1.0 or 2.0 as well as the original Vive or Vive Pro controllers. You can also swap it with the original inside-out tracking faceplate that ships with Vive Cosmos.

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