HTC took advantage of CES in Las Vegas to announce the launch of its brand new Vive XR Elite virtual reality headset. A device with advanced technologies designed to offer a high quality VR experience, and sold at a premium price: 1399 €. It targets various profiles such as players – of course – but also training professionals or teachers.
Adopting a large part of the aesthetics and format of the Long Live Flow through the use of lenses pancakes, this first all-in-one headset from HTC is equipped with two LCD screens displaying (between them) a 4K image at 1200 ppi of resolution, with a refresh rate of 90 Hz. Equipped with numerous comfort settings to Adapting to different head sizes and glasses, the Vive XR Elite – which weighs 625 g – promises to be easy to maintain thanks to a magnetic part in contact with the face. It is also capable of correcting myopia from 0 to –6 diopters and has audio speakers built into the temples.
All-in-one, but also PC and smartphone compatible
Who says “all-in-one” says “integrated SoC”. Here, the master chip is a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Gen 1 processor, the same one that already equips the Vive Focus 3the pic 4 or even the Meta Quest 2. The two controllers are also the same as those delivered with the Vive Focus 3. Their tracking as well as the positioning of the user in space are ensured thanks to four cameras, but also thanks to a depth sensor which completes headset operation. Added to this is a camera for the pass-through. In addition to augmented reality experiences, it allows the user to see their environment without having to remove the helmet. On this part, let’s finish by specifying the compatibility of this Vive XR Elite with the Vive Wrist Trackers which, once put on the wrists, further improve the precision of the movements.
The headphones have a removable battery that can be recharged quickly via USB-C, providing approximately 2 hours of battery life. A much longer usage time if the renderings are made on a PC and the headset is only used as a display and control device (in USB-C or wifi 6E). Moreover, it is also possible to remove the battery and use the helmet in a light version, connected to a simple external battery. Like simple viewing glasses, it then makes it possible to watch films and series, for example, from a smartphone.
A serious competitor for the Quest Pro
Pre-orders for the Vive XR Elite are open. Anyone who buys the headset before February 15 will receive it with its two controllers, a charging station and five free games. The first customers served will be delivered next February. Later in the year, a version adapted to companies will appear, embellished – as an option – with an eye and face tracking module. A version that could allow HTC to interfere more strongly in the field of the metaverse.
Anyway, HTC adds to its range of virtual reality headsets a serious contender for the title of the most complete, efficient and attractive model for lovers of this kind of experience. And the manufacturer does it, for once, at a competitive price, compared to a Meta Quest Pro which, as a reminder, is sold for a whopping €1,799.
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CES 2023 – HTC draws its Vive XR Elite to try to win the VR battle against the Quest Pro
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