CES 2023: HTC shows off its Quest 2 competitor, the VIVE XR Elite

January 6, 2023 by No Comments


HTC has been teasing their next VR headset for a while now and today they took the wraps off their latest product. gave HTC VIVE XR Elite Is An all-in-one VR headset which can work without connecting to a PC.

As for the optics, I’m assuming it’s still LCD with a resolution of 1920×1920 per eye and a 90hz refresh rate. The refresh rate seems a little low compared to what’s out there now, but maybe it can be upgraded with a firmware upgrade like the Quest 2. Resolution is slightly better than the Quest 2’s 1920×1832 per eye and the Quest Pro’s 1920×1800 per eye. What really looks good is the FOV that the HTC has at 110 degrees. That doesn’t match the Vive Pro 2’s 120 degrees (though it seemed lower in our review) and the Valve Index’s 120, but it’s significantly higher than the Quest 2’s 90 degrees. If it’s 110 degrees, we’ll see people get their hands on it.

This is the second HMD I’ve seen that has diopter adjustment per eye so for those who wear glasses and fall into the adjustable range, you can set it to your specifications and add-on lenses or glasses. No need to worry about wear. All unfortunately. For me who also relies on having prism lenses even though my prescription isn’t that bad, I’ll probably still have to use glasses. Like their other HMDs, there is an IPD adjuster.

Since it’s a stand-alone headset, there’s some battery and processing unit inside the VIVE XR Elite. The Snapdragon XR2 powers the headset, which seems to be the VR chipset of choice among the various VR HMDs I’ve seen recently. HTC says it has 15 hours of battery life, which seems like a ton, but at least it’s placed behind the head to help keep the HMD balanced. The Quest 2 is pretty heavy with the battery in the front so putting it in the back as a counterweight seems like a good design choice.

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Cameras track your headset and controller, but the VIVE XR Elite also has some nice RGB cameras for high-quality passthrough. Hopefully, this means we’ll get some good AR experiences as well as VR.

The controllers don’t seem to have cameras like the Quest Pro so it will be limited in terms of tracking like the VIVE Cosmos without the Elite faceplate. Let’s hope the software developers have improved their tracking algorithm for the VIVE XR Elite as this was one of my issues with the VIVE Cosmos.

Something really cool is that you can remove the rear head cradle and snap into the regular temples for a more portable VR solution. I currently use the Neal Air for watching media on the go and while the VIVE XR Elite still feels a bit bulky, it’s a good option if you want to take it on, say, a plane or train. May be. The temples also have spring hinges to help prevent the arms from bending or breaking.

The VIVE XR will also support Elite connectivity. The video shows what looks like an eye-tracking unit that can go right in, which would be cool.

You can pre-order now for $1099, which is significantly less than the MetaQuest Pro. It has a lot of interesting features and hopefully we can grab it for a review when it is released.

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