HTC Vive XR Elite headset is a lightweight $1,099 Meta Quest 2 rival with detachable battery


HTC’s new lightweight virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) headset is called the VIVE XR Elite, will cost just under $1,100 when it is released next month, on February 15, 2023.

HTC’s newest headset is set to directly compete with the Meta Quest 2 headset, and likely Apple’s expected forthcoming headset, details of which have not been made public.


The VIVE XR Elite was unveiled on Thursday (January 5) at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. HTC did not reveal the weight of the headset, but Shen Ye, the company’s global head of product, previously told The Verge that it would be “one of the lightest that’s on the market”.

With further details of the headset confirmed by the CES unveil, we now know that the VIVE XR Elite has a detachable battery cradle, helping its portability. The device’s field of view is up to 110 degrees, plus it has embedded speakers and four tracking cameras. It also has a depth sensor and a G-sensor, to detect acceleration, and has a refresh rate of 90 Hz.

The headset comes supplied with two hand controllers, with sensors on trigger and grip buttons, plus joystick and thumb-rest areas.

HTC described the headset as convertible and compact, adding that it’s a “high-performance, all-in-one XR headset that transforms into a pair of portable immersive glasses.” Selling for around $400 less than Meta’s Quest 2 headset, which retails for $1,500, its price as well as its portability may prove tempting to customers.

Over to you, Apple…

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Jamie F

Jamie F

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