HTC Announces its First Standalone VR Headset: In order to compete with the Meta Quest 2, HTC has finally introduced the HTC Vive XR Elite, an all-in-one VR headset.
Due to its small size, the HTC Vive XR Elite stands apart from the majority of gaming VR headsets. Only a few inches of the front of the headset protrude from your face. In order to take the weight off your face, the battery was also inserted inside the back headrest.
If anything, the Vive XR Elite resembles the company’s previous offering, the HTC Vive Flow, in terms of a more relaxed and understated set of VR spectacles. With a 110-degree field of view and a 4K resolution with 2K displays for each eye that refresh at 90Hz, it is still a very capable headset for gaming.
For local gaming and multimedia storage, the headset has a Snapdragon XR 2 CPU with 12GB RAM and 120GB ROM. Of course, you can also use USB-C to link this headset to a gaming PC for a more powerful, higher-resolution VR experience. The battery has a two-hour capacity and 30W quick charging, so you should have a charged battery for half an hour.
A very flexible removable cloth gasket that is simple to clean and replace makes it more comfortable to use than most VR headsets. The majority of users may remove their glasses while using this headset because each eye has an integrated diopter.
This headset’s arms are made to be as thin as possible and to fit the sides of your head like a pair of spectacles. However, there are still speakers integrated into the stems, and according to HTC, they will produce sound with better bass, directional audio, and clarity than their previous headsets.
Additionally, the headset may be used as a set of VR goggles by removing the battery pack from the stems and using USB-C to link it to a phone or computer. The weight of the Vive XR Elite without the battery pack is under 0.53 pounds (240g).
Additionally, this VR headset can be packed away in a little box and folded up like a pair of sunglasses.
The HTC Vive XR Elite’s front-facing laser depth-sensing camera can track hands and fingers without the use of IR lighthouses and is equipped with 6Dof controllers for tracking. The front RGB camera of the headset is also included to support mixed reality experiences.
In terms of content, HTC asserts that Vive Connect will launch with more than 100 games. While wearing the headgear, users may stream TV content and games like Fortnite Mobile from their Android phones to a 100-inch private screen.
In February is when the HTC Vive XR Elite is anticipated to hit the market, with a suggested retail price of $1,099 for the headset, controllers, and carrying case.