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The HTC Vive Cosmos Elite is out today, comes with a code for Half-Life: Alyx

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HTC has announced that its new VR headset, the HTC Vive Cosmos Elite, will ship with Half-Life: Alyx. The headset, which officially launches worldwide today, boasts improved accuracy thanks to a shift back to using external base stations. The Vive Cosmos Elite employs a pair of 1440 x 1700 LCD panels, comes with two Vive controllers, and costs $899 (£899).

HTC is clearly excited about the renewed interest in VR brought by the release of Half-Life: Alyx—could it be VR's sought-after 'killer app?'. Yves Maître, HTC's CEO says, “With Half-Life: Alyx, we believe Valve is delivering the experience and expertise to move VR gameplay forward.” 

Alyx is our first foray into the Half-Life universe since Episode 2. It's a VR-exclusive prequel set in City 17. You can find loads of footage and more information in our Everything you need to know about Half-Life: Alyx roundup.

Anyone that buys or has already pre-ordered the HTC Vive Cosmos Elite will receive a redemption code in-box that will unlock the game when it launches on March 23. Vive's latest headset has arrived at a good time. There's currently an eight-week wait for anyone who wants to buy Valve's premium Index VR headset.

Alan has spent far too much of his life in World of Warcraft and playing Magic the Gathering to be a normal human being, which is why he has retreated to the warm embrace of gaming hardware.