While previous HTC Vive anniversaries have been grand affairs with lots of discounts and offers, 2020 is a far more muted occasion. The only real deal available is a Vive Cosmos Wireless Bundle which is being sold for a limited time in the US.
The Vive Cosmos Wireless Bundle is being sold for $799 USD until Wednesday, 8th April 2020, which includes the standard Vive Cosmos headset and the modular faceplate with four lenses, a pair of wireless controllers and the Wireless Adaptor for Vive Cosmos so you don’t need to worry about cables. It’s quite a good deal considering you get the adaptor for an extra $100, rather than buying the accessory on its own for $348.99.
By the looks of it, the bundle is only for US customers as there’s no mention of it on other country portals including the UK, Canada and Australia. In fact, the US website seems to be the only one even acknowledging the Vive Anniversary date.
HTC Vive has been trying to make a resurgence of late with Vive Cosmos after Oculus Rift S and Valve Index pretty much stole 2019, they are now continually out of stock due to supply issues caused by the current pandemic. The standard Vive Cosmos is in stock via the official website plus the new Vive Cosmos Elite Kit is now available with SteamVR tracking. This week will also see pre-orders go live for the Vive Cosmos Elite (headset-only) with a launch planned for the end of the month.
The company has more hardware planned for 2020 thanks to that removable front panel. The Vive Cosmos XR which is developer-oriented and designed for mixed reality (MR) is slated for release in Q2 2020. The baby of the bunch is the Vive Cosmos Play, a stripped-back model with only four inside-out tracking cameras and no external headphones. This already appears on the website but doesn’t have a price or release window at the moment.
Whichever Vive Cosmos you by they all feature the same core specifications, a combined resolution of 2880×1770 (1440×1700 per-eye) using an LCD display, a hinged front to easily drop in and out of VR and 6DoF motion controllers. As further Vive Cosmos deals are announced, VRFocus will let you know.