HTC’s Vive Cosmos Elite ships out today, and if all you were expecting in the box was the hardware itself and maybe a few free months of Viveport, you’d be wrong. Everyone who buys a Cosmos Elite is getting Half-Life: Alyx for free.
Vive Cosmos owners will still need to wait to get Cosmos Elite in their hands, as the digital code is included in the box itself, which is a bit of a downer if you’re just now thinking of making an upgrade from an older headset but still want the game right away.
It’s a limited time offer, with terms and conditions stating that it will be available while supplies until June 30th 2020.
HTC wasn’t the first to tempt would-be headset owners to pull out their credit cards with the promise of head crap-ganking action. Valve famously included Half-Life: Alyx with Index, however shipping times are currently quoted around eight weeks. Priced $100 lower than the full Valve Index kit, Vive Cosmos includes the Vive Cosmos headset, a detachable SteamVR tracking faceplate (more modular faceplates coming soon), two Vive wand controllers, and two SteamVR 1.0 base stations for $900.
Whether that $100 savings over Index accurately accounts for the 2016-era motion controllers and tracking base stations, well, it doesn’t really feel like. However you slice it though, a free copy of Half-Life: Alyx certainly sweetens the pot if you were already on the fence.