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(Pocket-lint) – The HTC Vive XR Elite is the latest headset in the company’s lineup and the one that seems to promise everything.
Unveiled at CES 2023, the Vive XR Elite is an all-in-one standalone headset that can also be connected to a PC and promises to be ideal for gaming, productivity, Metaverse and more.
At first glance, HTC appears to have designed a headset that is a cross between the HTC Vive Flow and the Vive Focus 3. But this device is designed for both VR and RM, with augmented reality in mind.
The Vive XR Elite is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 processor and 12 GB of RAM. It has an LCD screen with a pancake-shaped lens that delivers 2K x 2K pixels per pixel. eye, a total of 4K and 1200 ppi. HTC claims this headset has a 110-degree field of view, 90Hz refresh rate and “minimized” screen door effect.
Most interesting are the built-in diopters, which allow you to adjust the lens configuration to suit your prescription as a spectacle wearer. It also has adjustable manual IPD sliders and an integrated IPD sensor. So you have many practical settings for your eyes.
This helmet is designed to be “beautifully” compact and comfortable. It weighs only 625 grams and does not come with a headband to fit more sizes, shapes and hairstyles. The battery is rear mounted and is designed to be carefully balanced to ensure optimal comfort. This battery is also removable and even hot-swappable.
According to HTC, you should be able to use the headset for two hours before needing a recharge, but it also has a 30-watt fast charging system and you can plug in a USB-C battery pack if needed. .
Battery life can also be extended if you stream content to it. For example, you can stream content from your Android smartphone, but you can also connect the headset to a PC and play PCVR games via Steam or HTC Viveport.
The Vive XR Elite is also designed for multi-use cases. It is designed to be portable and practical. You can access games directly with the headset through Viveport, but you can also detach the battery and squeeze in a pair of arms to turn the headset into a Vive Flow alternative. You can then watch content on the go with a battery connected.
The Vive XR Elite has four wide field of view cameras and can work with hand tracking. It also has the same controllers as the Vive Focus 3. But it also has passthrough cameras, which are good enough for you to see text on your phone while wearing the headset.
Outside of gaming, you can also use this headset for productivity. You can use a virtual desktop mode that gives you three large screens where you can control things using the keyboard, mouse or hand tracking. You won’t necessarily use it to work all day, but you can.
HTC says there will be an expanding accessory ecosystem with eye-tracking and face-tracking additions in 2023, but those are optional upgrades, so you don’t have to worry about your privacy.
As with the Focus 3, the Vive XR Elite isn’t as affordable as the Meta Quest 2, but that’s because Meta treats the end user as the product and recoups the value by selling ads. Something HTC won’t do.
You can pre-order the Vive XR Elite from January 5th and shipping will take place in February.
Written by Adrian Willings.