HTC Rolls Out Vive XR Elite Mixed Reality Headset

HTC unveiled its new MR headgear Vive XR Elite to take on competitor Meta.

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HTC unveiled its new mixed reality (MR)headgear Vive XR Elite. The new HTC Vive XR Elite features ergonomic headgear and weighs around 630 grams. Also, more portable to carry around compared to other rival brands, as it can easily dismantle the battery pack (26.6 Wh) and even the lens inside, into a compact traveling pack.

“It’s about taking all of these advances that we made in not only the design aspects, but also the technology aspects, and building it into something that’s meaningful and that’s appealing for consumers,” said Shen Ye, global head of product at HTC during an interview with The Verge.

The Vive XR Elite has a passthrough camera, which is a fantastic feature because it allows you to see your surroundings while playing immersive games for a full Mixed Reality experience. You receive both, so you're not just passively peering into VR or AR.

Read more: Facebook Owner Meta Unveils VR Headset

Inside, you'll find new displays with 2K resolution per eye and a refresh rate of 90 Hertz, making it quite comparable to The Quest Pro once more. It should be much lighter and more comfortable to use than the Quest Pro.

The Vive XR Elite offers a smooth audio experience thanks to its inbuilt speakers and two microphones for echo cancellation.

By placing the Optics in front and the battery pack at the back, HTC has attempted to better divide the weight. The headband may be tightened with a straightforward knob in the back and further adjusted with a straightforward slide located at the bottom. There is not much space between your eyes and the lenses, so if you wear glasses this might not be the ideal option. You'll have adjustable magnification on the inside because you can't use glasses. That has the drawback of just covering specific levels of prescriptions. Therefore, if your prescription is on the more extreme end, it may not even partially work.

The headset's approximate $1,100 price tag also puts it significantly behind Meta's enterprise-focused Meta Quest Pro, which is its main rival, reports ZDNet. Although the price reduction comes with the loss of eye and facial tracking (which HTC wants to add via an adapter), it also lowers the price to a level that consumers were already willing to accept for earlier models, such as HTC's original VIVE.

Sam Draper
January 18, 2023

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