VIVE XR Elite Teardown Highlights a Formidable Headset

HTC’s new Vive Tracker might be its latest product reveal, however, the main attraction is still the launch of VIVE XR Elite. This mixed-reality headset was unveiled a couple of months ago with pre-orders still underway. Retailing for $1,099 USD, the device is definitely high-end for consumers but what is it packing for the money? Handily, here’s a VIVE XR Elite teardown to reveal more.

If you just like pure specifications and nothing else you can check out how the VIVE XR Elite stacks up against its nearest rival, the Meta Quest Pro.

VIVE XR Elite teardown

What’s under the hood?

The VIVE XR Elite is packing a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 chipset, with 12GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It’s got tracking cameras and depth sensors, a 2-hour battery life and a diagonal 110° field of view (FoV). Basically, everything you could need for standalone mixed-reality gaming, entertainment and productivity.

As you can see from the video, HTC really does break the VIVE XR Elite down into its component parts. Highlighting details like the individual 1920×1920 displays for each eye and lenses with their IPD and diopter adjustment.

Presented by Shen Ye, HTC’s Global Head of Product, the VIVE XR Elite teardown goes into great detail highlighting the fact that minimal glue is used for easy repairs. However, Shen does say that this isn’t a “repair guide”, because “we use incredibly precise machines to calibrate the headsets, and there is no way to replicate that precision by hand alone.” Although, considering the modding communities out there, give it a year and someone will have tinkered with it.

There’s even a teardown of the controllers if you needed one.

So that begs the question, with VIVE XR Elite pre-orders extended, have you signed up for one? Is mixed reality gaming going to take off? Let us know in the comments below.