The Vive Cosmos Elite works fine, but doesn’t move the needle like an “elite” headset should.
The Vive Cosmos Elite is a capable VR headset, but it doesn't do enough to justify its premium £900 price. The impressive room-scaling, motion-tracking and high screen resolution combine to ensure this headset offers one of the best VR experiences yet, but its laborious setup, wired limitations and fussy space requirements are so frustrating that it takes a lot of willpower to even start playing. The Cosmos Elite may appeal to developers and hardcore gamers, but most people will prefer the convenience of the Oculus Quest.
There's a lot to like about HTC's plans for the Cosmos lineup, but none of those exciting features are here in the Elite. After spending a couple of weeks with it, I can definitely say it's a decent headset, but at more than double the cost of its nearest competitor, it should be a lot more than decent.
The HTC Vive Cosmos Elite improves accuracy at the cost of immediacy, but that price is a lot to ask for last-gen controllers and base stations.
The Cosmos Elite with the External Tracking Faceplate gives you everything you need in a VR headset, but the price makes it a tough buy against the current competition.
The HTC Vive Cosmos and Cosmos Elite are nearly identical PC-tethered VR headsets that can evolve to match the needs of your virtual reality game collection. Both versions use the same 2880 x 1700 resolution LCD display and halo-style headband, but the front faceplate swaps out to allow you to jump from one set of capabilities to another. It’s nice that the Cosmos’ unique modular design allows you to invest less upfront and upgrade as you go, but even the high-end HTC Vive Cosmos Elite isn’t better than the Valve Index.
At the end of the day, the HTC Vive Cosmos Elite is an incredible headset that provides an exceptionally immersive and all-encompassing VR experience. From setting up your play area, to blasting some aliens or simply enjoying video content – it’s sure to impress.
Cosmos Elite is a passable headset but it has the same core issue as the original Cosmos: it’s not competitive at the price HTC is asking. Yes, the SteamVR Tracking makes it a better headset than the original Cosmos (provided you aren’t bothered by the external tracking hardware), but it also costs an additional $200. At $900, I just can’t recommend Cosmos Elite when Rift S provides more value and Index offers a notably improved experience for just $100 more.