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HTC unveils VIVE XR Elite headset

HTC VIVE has unveiled its new VIVE XR Elite headset, combining mixed reality (MR) and virtual reality (VR) capabilities into one compact and powerful device. The headset is priced at US$1,099 exc. VAT (£1,299 inc. VAT in the UK). Units are already available for pre-order with delivery slated for late February.

VIVE XR Elite will also be available for enterprise users, with more information coming later this year and HTC VIVE will also be launching a Face and Eye Tracker unit in 2023.

Cher Wang, co-founder and chairwoman of HTC Corp, said: “The VIVE XR Elite all-in-one represents the next milestone in the progression towards the fully immersive internet, going beyond today’s VR with accurate pass-through video to open up a new realm of realism in learning and playing. This advanced yet compact device offers the best of all worlds for consumers, providing the ideal physical gateway to the universe of experiences offered by VIVERSE, our version of the metaverse, with the widest variety of content inputs even up to the very latest standards such as Wi-Fi 6E.”

VIVE XR Elite includes a full-color RGB passthrough camera, and hand-tracking, which enables a whole new dimension of MR scenarios. This can include playing games where the characters are running on your furniture, having real-time overlays on musical instruments such as a piano for learning, and even having the ultimate workstation with multiple virtual screens while still being able to use your real-world keyboard and mouse. 

Immersive content

VIVE XR Elite will see HTC VIVE’s biggest range of launch titles ever, with 100 new pieces of MR and VR content arriving in the launch window. That includes, Demeo, Hubris, YUKI, Maestro: The Masterclass, Les Mills Body Combat, FigminXR, Unplugged: Air Guitar, Finger Gun, and more. Post-launch, even more content will arrive, such as Everslaught: Invasion, and later in the year full MR games like Eggscape.

VIVE XR Elite can be connected easily to a PC via USB-C to access PCVR content from VIVEPORT and Steam and supports wireless PC streaming over Wi-Fi or the latest generation – Wi-Fi 6E with low latency and great graphics.

You can even stream content wirelessly from a compatible Android phone to VIVE XR Elite.  In the headset, you’ll enjoy viewing on your own personal cinema screen of 300 inches. That includes content from services like Netflix and Disney+ or games like Fortnite, and you can even connect a Bluetooth controller to your phone for a full gaming experience.

Versatile all-in-one XR

VIVE XR Elite has a sleek modular design that can easily be transformed into a glasses form factor – simply remove the battery and fit the VIVE XR Elite temple pads. The redesigned hinge means the extended arms of VIVE XR Elite cup the user’s head just like the front and back of a traditional all-in-one. There’s a USB-C connecting cable on the right-hand side, which can plug into a power source like a battery bank or airline seat.

Intuitive control with precise tracking

With four wide FOV cameras, exceptional 6DoF spatial accuracy, a depth sensor, hand-tracking and capacitive sensing for finger movements on the controllers, developers have lots of options to incorporate in VR and MR content for accurate movement to enhance the overall experience.

VIVE XR Elite has both physical controllers and hand-tracking to achieve all-important accuracy when gaming, for productivity, and even learning scenarios. VIVE Wrist Tracker is also compatible to deliver enhanced hand tracking, or it can be attached to objects to track in XR.

Visually, the VIVE XR Elite boasts a wide 110 FOV and 4K resolution running on a 90Hz refresh rate. VIVE XR Elite has adjustable lenses with a built-in fine-adjustable IPD slider placed on the outside of the headset.

The full headset weighs 625g including the battery, which is placed at the back for balance and delivers up to two hours of full XR use. The battery is removable and hot swappable. It has 30-watt fast charging and is charged via USB-C power delivery.

  • JR Symonds

    JR is the senior reporter at Metaverse Professional, providing insight and coverage for all the latest developments in the metaverse and extended reality sectors. JR has a burning passion for the latest immersive tech, particularly developments in world creation and gaming.

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