HTC lastly exhibits its Meta Quest 2 rival wi-fi VR headset
Just a few weeks in the past, we acquired wind that HTC was engaged on a standalone wi-fi AR/VR (opens in new tab)headset to rival the Meta Quest 2. And right here it’s: at CES 2023, HTC revealed the HTC XR Elite, an all-in-one XR headset set for launch subsequent month. And it will not be low cost.
The Vive XR Elite can obtain 4K decision (2K per eye) at 90Hz with a 110-degree FOV. It is also acquired an exterior digicam for blended actuality hijinx. It is powered by a Snapdragon XR2 with 12GB RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. On paper, the Vive XR Elite is about thrice extra highly effective than Meta Quest 2 (opens in new tab); it is also thrice as costly at $1,099, so there’s that.
The Vive XR Elite goes for a comfort-focused design with as little bulk as potential. The again headrest is removable, and the remainder of the headset will be folded like a pair of sun shades to retailer in a carry case.
I put on large-framed glasses, which makes sporting sure VR headsets actually uncomfortable, so I am excited that the XR Elite has built-in diopters that alter focus, so you may truly use the headset with out glasses.
In keeping with HTC, the anticipated battery life is about 15 hours, and it provides 30W quick charging, which might cost the battery to 50% capability in half an hour. The battery may also be swapped out and changed if you wish to purchase a second one for longer VR periods.
With the battery, the XR Elite weighs about 625g (about 1.4 kilos), making it with a reasonably light-weight headset, whereas the Meta Quest 2 continues to be lighter at 503g. Each are considerably lighter than the Valve Index, which weighs 809 grams. With out the XR Elite’s battery, you are taking a look at solely 240g, which is fairly mild when related to a PC or cellphone. Although I would think about it would not final lengthy when plugged right into a cellphone.
The Vive XR Elite is positioning itself as a premium various to Meta’s wildly in style headset. At launch, it is anticipated to have 100 video games in its digital retailer (opens in new tab), however you may additionally be capable of use it as a Steam VR headset, too.