CES 2023 is a good year for virtual reality. So, after an announcement with great fanfare at Sony with content for a certain PSVR 2 which we are talking about in this news, here comes the time to discover the HTC VIVE XR Elite. Behind this name is simply a high-end consumer VR headset, with great features.
HTC presents its new Vive XR Elite : the top of the range of VR for the general public
Overall the Vive XR Elite seems to position itself as a direct competitor to Meta’s Quest Pro. With a price however in its favor since we will have to pay 1399 euros (against 1799 euros for the Quest Pro). Clearly this new product from HTC aims to address gamers above all, abandoning the idea of a more lifestyle product as we could see with the Vive Flow from the same manufacturer.
For this, the Vive XR Elite has LCD screens for full resolution in 4K (1200 ppi) with a refresh rate of 90 Hz. It offers an integrated vision correction system that corrects from 0 to -6 diopters. Of course, to match all morphologies, an interpupillary distance adjustment wheel is present. Finally, the good news for people concerned about hygiene, the part in contact with the face attaches magnetically and can therefore be removed for cleaning. And that’s great news, especially when we have someone test our headphones.
The headset’s power goes through a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Gen 1 chip (the same as the Meta Quest 2). No big changes at the level of the controllers which are the same as those of the Vive Focus 3. As far as recognition in space is concerned, there are 4 cameras on the front to manage the positioning of the helmet. With the help of a color camera for the passthrough. A depth sensor finally comes in support to provide 3D mapping of the environment and help in hand tracking.
A fairly light helmet
The headset weighs 625 grams in total, which is 25 grams more than the PSVR 2 for comparison. It has a removable battery located at the back of the skull, in the shape of a curve to improve user comfort. At this level, you can always count 2 hours of autonomy when the helmet works alone. It can go beyond this figure for PC games that are streamed to the headset. However, for those who have concerns about autonomy, a fast charge of 30 watts USB-C can greatly save you the day.
Finally, by removing the battery you can switch to bezel mode to watch a movie and in this configuration you have to use an external battery like on the Vive Flow. In this mode, comfort is also increased. Pre-orders are open for release in late February.