How do these VR headsets compare?
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The Vive XR Elite headset is available for pre-order and will offer gamers over 100 new experiences at launch.
Fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of the HTC Vive XR Elite VR headset, available for pre-order starting in February.
The Vive XR Elite is a mixed reality headset that combines VR technology with augmented reality (AR) technology. It features high resolution and a 110-degree field of view and full RGB passthrough.
With all these new features, we have to ask ourselves, is the Vive XR Elite headset worth the upgrade? We’ll take a closer look at the latest HTC headset alongside the recently released Meta Quest 2 to see which headset comes out on top.
Read on to discover all the key differences between these two VR headsets and which ones are worth your money.
It looks like HTC has played it safe with the controller, as the Vive XR Elite shares the same controllers as the Vive Focus 3. In our short time with them, we’ve found them to have excellent tracking ability had and looked very similar to the latest Quest controllers.
It’s a bit confusing to see HTC’s latest VR headset with the same controllers we’re already used to, especially since the Meta Quest 2 came with brand new controllers. The Quest 2 controllers feel larger, with the rear and side triggers offering more travel for satisfying presses. In addition, the haptic feedback has been repositioned for improved immersion.
It’s a shame to see the XR Elite stick with the same controllers that came before. However, as long as they have a reliable connection and provide a satisfying gaming experience, that shouldn’t stop you from checking out HTC’s latest VR headset.
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The Vive packs a 4K resolution
The latest Vive XR Elite headset offers impressive resolution compared to its predecessor. The resolution is 4K overall as each eye is treated with a 2K screen – 2048 x 1080 – allowing for a more immersive and sharper image.
The Meta Quest 2 offers a resolution of 1832 x 1920 per eye, meaning the Vive beats it in terms of resolution. In our Quest 2 review, we noticed that the in-game worlds looked sharp and it was difficult to spot screen door issues. There is some pixelation in some games, but overall most games looked extremely bright and clear.
We expect the Vive XR Elite to offer an even sharper screen and hopefully not suffer too much from issues like screen door effect or pixelation. Since both headsets also support a 90Hz refresh rate, they should perform similarly when displaying smooth animation and gameplay during use.
Vive has a removable battery
According to HTC, the Vive XR Elite headset comes with a 30W battery that can last for around two hours when fully used. The battery sits on the device’s back strap to allow for even weight distribution, with a plastic strap that wraps around your head similar to the Pico 4.
In addition, you have the option to remove the battery during gameplay when it runs out, allowing gamers to keep playing with a fresh battery without having to take a break.
HTC has also integrated Flow Mode, which allows you to turn it into glasses. During this mode, you need to plug the device into an outlet or powerful battery bank to continue playing.
This is not a feature available on Meta Quest 2. Our test mentions that it can last around two hours during gameplay and up to three hours with video content. There’s an option to keep playing with the headset plugged into a power source, but you’ll need to get your own USB-C to USB-C charging cable as the one that comes with it is too short.
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The Vive XR Elite weighs 620 grams, a weight that includes the battery, making it lighter than its predecessor, the Vive Focus 3. When the headset is in Flow mode, it weighs just 240g as it transitions into glasses, which is less intrusive and not as big.
The Meta Quest 2, on the other hand, weighs only 503 grams, an improvement over the 571 g of the Meta Quest headset. This suggests that the Meta Quest 2 will be more comfortable to wear for long periods of time.
However, with the XR Elite offering lightweight Flow mode as another alternative, this might be best for people who struggle with large headsets for long periods of time.