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HTC's Vive Cosmos is £50 cheaper than it was over Black Friday

If you’re thinking about buying a VR headset to get yourself ready for Half-Life: Alyx later this year, then you may be interested to know that the HTC Vive Cosmos is currently on sale again in the UK. It originally launched for £699 when it came out last year, but Amazon UK have now dropped the price to £549, making it £50 cheaper than it was over Black Friday.

In case you’ve forgotten, the Vive Cosmos is HTC’s latest PC-based VR gaming headset. Not only does it have a higher resolution display than the original Vive and Vive Pro (1440×1700 per-eye compared to the Pro’s 1440×1600 per-eye resolution), but it also doesn’t require any base stations for its motion tracking. Instead, it has six sensors built into the headset itself which provide accurate inside-out tracking and six-degrees-of-freedom support. This means you can start using the Cosmos straight out of the box and get going a lot faster than any of Vive’s previous headsets.

Admittedly, the rest of the Cosmos’ specs will be familiar to existing Vive users – it still has a 90Hz refresh rate, a maximum field of view of 110 degrees and built-in headphones like the Vive Pro – but the fewer plug sockets I need to find in opposite corners of my room to make sure it works, the better I reckon.

I should point out that the Oculus Rift S is still quite a bit cheaper than the Vive Cosmos, as you can currently get one direct from Oculus for £399. Just like the Cosmos, the Rift S doesn’t need any extra external tracking sensors either, but the downside is that its specs aren’t quite as impressive as its HTC rival. Indeed, the Rift S only has a refresh rate of 80Hz, and the resolution of its display tops out at 2560×1440, which equates to 1440×1280 per-eye. It has a slightly wider field of view at 115 degrees, but doesn’t come with any built-in headphones.

Then there’s the Oculus Quest to consider as well. This standalone VR headset won’t technically be compatible with Half-Life: Alyx straight out of the box, but as long as you’re prepared to make use of Oculus’ Link feature and run a cable from your tetherless Quest to your PC, then you’ll still be able to use it for some Half-Life VR action.

At time of writing, the Quest goes for £399 for the 64GB model and £499 for the top 128GB version. It also comes with all three episodes of Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series for free until the January 31st 2020.

Still, if you’re after the very best PC-based VR headset around that doesn’t involve shelling out over a grand for something like the Valve Index, then the Vive Cosmos is arguably the next best thing.

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Katharine Castle

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Katharine writes about all the bits that go inside your PC so you can carry on playing all those lovely games we like talking about so much. Very partial to JRPGs and the fetching of quests. She's also RPS' resident deals herald.

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