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HTC VIVE Cosmos Elite

HTC VIVE Cosmos Elite
  • Field of View


  • Resolution

    1440 x 1700 px (per eye)

  • Refresh Rate

    90 Hz

  • Weight

    702 g

Powered by a powerful Intel Core i5-4590 or AMD FX 8350 equivalent or better, HTC VIVE Cosmos Elite PC VR goes beyond room scale, with immersive virtual reality video games and experiences. HTC VIVE Cosmos Elite uses an advanced optical design that features a high-resolution 1440 x 1700 pixel (per eye) display, intuitive 360° tracking, and 90 Hz refresh rate to immerse you in the game. With a wide 110° field of view, you can explore your surroundings in real time and interact seamlessly with objects using just your hands.
130 x 107 x 77 mm
702 g
Mini Display Port?
Flip Visor?
Lens to Eye Adjustment?
IPD Adjustment?
Front Camera?
Built in Microphone?
Display Port?
360 Tracking?
Built in Headphones?
Usable with Glasses?
Room Scale?
Refresh Rate
90 Hz
Display Type
1440 x 1700 px (per eye)
Field of View
Minimum Requirements
Min. RAM Required
Min. CPU Required
Intel Core i5-4590 or AMD FX 8350 equivalent or better
Min. Graphics Required
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB, AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB equivalent or better VR Ready graphics card
Model Name
VIVE Cosmos Elite
Country of Origin
Release Date
Reviews of the HTC VIVE Cosmos Elite
Rated 3.5 / 5 from 8 Reviews
Take Control with Precise VR Tools
Overall, the HTC Vive Cosmos Elite is a good choice for those in search of a reliable virtual reality experience. If you can get past a few little issues, like game selection problems and the cable for the headset, there’s a lot to love about this device. For affordable, high-definition virtual reality, the HTC Vive Cosmos Elite checks a lot of boxes.
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HTC goes back to base stations for improved accuracy
  • - 3.7
Should you buy the HTC Vive Cosmos Elite? It's a tricky one to recommend for the money, but ultimately comes down to what your expectations are. The launch price of $899 doesn't match up comfortably with the first-generation controllers and base stations—even if they do work fine. The headset itself is good, and there's a lot of attention to the user experience here as far as setup is concerned. Still, for only $100 more, you can get the Valve Index, and that still has the edge for now.
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Transforming VR headsets that fit any space and any game
  • - 3
Of the two HTC Vive Cosmos headsets currently available, the Cosmos Elite is the far better of the two. Even though it uses the original Vive’s controllers and lighthouse base stations, it feels more precise in its tracking and therefore more practical use for most games and apps. That being said, at $899, it’s a lot of money to spend upfront and, because it still uses old hardware, it doesn’t feel quite as modern or robust as the industry-leading Valve Index.
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The HTC Vive Cosmos Elite provides comfort and power, if you have the space and can stomach the price.
  • - 4
If you’re coming into VR completely fresh and you want a powerful, PC-based headset that will run any VR game at good settings and you have the space, it’s very easy to recommend the Vive Cosmos Elite. No other headset has its build quality and comfort and if you can get past the space required to use it to its full potential, it’s an excellent headset. The controllers can sometimes be a bit of a pain to sync and we found them losing battery a bit faster than we’d hoped, but they’re ideal for the types of gaming experiences you’ll have in VR. However, it’s an expensive piece of tech, and that’s not including the PC you’ll need to accompany it.
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For those experienced VR aficionados seeking an incredibly interactive experience, this top-tier headset is likely to please
  • - 3.9
If you are looking for a high-end VR experience, the HTC Vive Cosmos Elite fits that bill. This headset provides one of the most interactive and immersive virtual reality experiences we have seen to date, all while being very convenient and easy to operate — once you have completed the initial installation process. It also can be a little uncomfortable for marathon gaming sessions but, all in all, we think it's compelling high-end headset. Its price is high, though, and it's worth considering other models in this price range before jumping into the Vive Cosmos Elite.
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The best VR headset yet?
  • - 4
If you've been putting off purchasing the Cosmos, the Elite version might sway you. It uses base stations for superior tracking in virtual reality - which is positive for functionality, but negative for setup reasons. Still, as VR headsets go, the Elite earns its name thanks to comfort and visual fidelity. It's great.
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I had hoped the high-end headset would provide an escape from the real world. It didn’t
  • - 2.5
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.
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Backtracking to External Sensors
With its specs and given its price point, the Vive Cosmos Elite should offer a noticeably better VR experience than its competitors. But it doesn’t, really. At least, not to a degree that would justify spending $900 to buy or upgrade to it.
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