After a brief teaser image back in October, HTC has just announced and released its brand new virtual and augmented reality headset, the Vive XR Elite. The all-in-one headset looks to rival the Meta Quest Pro, combining MR and VR in one device and offering users a lightweight yet versatile experience.
The Vive XR Elite is a $1,100 flagship consumer VR headset available for pre-order starting today and shipping sometime in February.
As for the specs, the new Vive XR Elite sports a 4K display with a 90Hz refresh rate, delivering 2K pixels to each eye. There’s a respectable 110-degree diagonal field of view, 12GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, all powered by the slightly older Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 chipset. For those wondering, this is the same chip as the Quest 2.
It has four wide-angle cameras for mixed reality pass-through and tracks your hands when you’re not using the motion controllers. HTC claims the XR Elite has big, loud, directional audio speakers and weighs just 625g, which is lighter than the Quest Pro.
As to be expected for a standalone VR headset, the Vive XR Elite has a large battery pack on the back of the headrest. The company says this placement will help balance the overall weight for longer sessions, although the battery life is only around two hours.
However, users can hot-swap the battery for a fully charged one if they purchase extras, and HTC has even added a retractable USB-C cable on the right side of the headset for quick charging or use with a portable battery.
In terms of content, around 100 games will be available at launch, with more to come in the coming weeks and months. You can enjoy titles on Viveport, and the XR Elite works with select PCVR games via USB-C. In addition, HTC mentioned titles, including Figmin, Hybris, Yuki, Demeo, Maestro, and Les Mills body combat are available at startup, and Everslaughter: Invasion will be out later this year.
Last but not least, the Vive XR Elite will receive two optional accessories at a later date that enable eye tracking or face tracking for selected apps and usage scenarios.
The all-new HTC Vive XR Elite is available for pre-order for $1,099 and will ship sometime in February.
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