A new stand-alone challenger is on the way.
HTC has unveiled the Vive XR Elite, a standalone virtual reality headset. It is capable of handling both virtual and augmented reality and costs $1,099.
Pre-orders for this new headset are already available on sites such as Amazon, where you can also view the specifications. HTC’s latest set appears to compete with the Meta Quest, an enormously popular headset that also eliminates the cords.
This headgear appears to be designed to perform many of the same things that you’d anticipate from something like the Meta Quest. It’s a standalone VR headset that can also connect to a PC for additional power, and it features diopter settings for glasses users. The battery has a capacity of up to 2 hours of continuous power but is hot-swappable, and the screen has a combined resolution of 3840 x 1920, a 110-degree field of vision, and a refresh rate of 90 Hz.
Surprisingly, the Vive XR Elite can fold up into a case and go with you like a pair of sunglasses. It’s a nifty trick, but it’s certainly exciting for those who want to take their VR games with them.
The Vive Focus 3 and Vive Pro 2 headsets will remain available, according to The Verge, but the Vive Flow will likely be discontinued towards the end of the year.
Increasing the scope of reality
This headgear aims to compete in the rising market of VR/AR headsets, which appears to be where other firms are looking as well. The Vive XR Elite appears to pack a punch with its headset while being light and portable.
It’s an intriguing alternative to Meta’s solutions, both for the cheaper Quest 2 and the more expensive Quest Pro. We’ll have to wait and see how this new headset fits into the market later this year.