Over the past decade, Virtual reality headsets have improved. Mostly it is getting more powerful and more expensive. In this article, I have shared the comparison of the HTC Vive XR Elite vs PSVR 2. This might look like a weird comparison as the platforms are so inherently diverse. However, the Comparison of HTC Vive XR Elite vs PSVR 2 does give us the freedom to talk about virtual reality (VR) on gaming consoles, and how it opposes standalone solutions. When we compare the Vive XE Elite to the Quest Pro and the Quest 2 for that reason, this will be considerably different. PlayStation VR 2 isn’t here quite yet, but Sony has disclosed detailed specifications and some features of its headset. A lot of people still have an option for standalone solutions like Meta Quest 2, Pro, and Vive XR Elite.
Comparison HTC Vive XR Elite PSVR 2
|Device Type||Standalone VR||Console-powered VR|
|Announced||January 4, 2023||February 22, 2021|
|Retail Price||$1099 with controllers||cheapest
$550 with controllers
|Optics||Pancake lenses||Fresnel lenses|
|IPD Range||54-73 mm hardware adjustable (manual)||hardware adjustable (manual)
Assisted via eye tracking
|Passthrough||16MP RGB camera||Grayscale passthrough via tracking cameras|
|Display Type||2 x LCD binocular||2 x OLED binocular|
|Resolution||1920×1920 per-eye||2000×2040 per-eye|
|Refresh Rate||90 Hz||120 Hz
90 Hz mode available
|Weight||625 g with Head strap
*With “Battery Cradle” Head strap. With glasses-style arms: 273 g
560 g with Head strap
|Material||Plastic, foam facial interface||Plastic, rubber facial interface|
|Head strap||Hard padded retractable strap
Replaceable Head strap with hot-swappable battery
|Hard padded retractable halo strap|
|Colors||Black||White / black|
|Controllers||2 x Vive XR Controller 6 DoF||2 x PlayStation VR2 Sense Controller 6 DoF|
|Input Methods||Capacitive face buttons, joystick, touch pad, index trigger, Middle finger trigger||Capacitive face buttons, joystick, haptic index trigger, Grip button|
|Finger Tracking||Partial finger and thumb tracking system via capacitive sensors||Partial finger and thumb tracking system via capacitive sensors|
|Batteries||Rechargeable 15 hour battery life||Rechargeable|
|speakers||Integrated stereo speakers||NO|
|Wired Video||USB-C||USB Type-C|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 5.2 LE||Bluetooth 5.1|
We know that both virtual reality headsets are coming in the first half of 2023. So I have shown some comparison between both headsets the Vive XR Elite vs PSVR 2. Both headsets will launch in the next few months.
Vive XR Elite :- In early March 2023, the Vive XR Elite will be release date but the pre-order services are already available, that’s mean you can book your headset now. Only pre-orders are guaranteed to go out in early March. So, if you want to get XR Elite as soon as possible, then you will need to make your purchase before the pre-order closing date. It is on February 15, 2023.
PSVR 2 :- The Releasing date of the PSVR 2 will be February 22, 2023. As per the information from their official PlayStation website. Pre-orders will start later this month, as per the PlayStation announced on their blog. Users have plenty of time to book their orders before the release date.
The Price Range :-
Vive XR Elite:- The cost of the Vive XR Elite is $1,099, and there’s only one model available right now. This is expensive. HTC VIVE XR elite is a versatile device that can be connected to PC and PCVR games with a VIVE port and streaming as well. It is a light-weighted device which has 625g weight, included a Lightweight and quickly rechargeable 26.6Wh battery (charged via USB- C) and its durability is up to 15 hours. It has a removable and hot-swappable battery.
PlayStation VR2:- The price of PSVR 2 Includes a PS VR2 headset, PS VR2 Sense controllers, and stereo headphones. The cost will be $549.99, €599.99, £529.99, ¥74,980 retail price (including tax for GBP, EUR, and JPY).
PlayStation VR2 Horizon Call of the Mountain bundle: – The price of PSVR 2 Includes a PlayStation Store voucher code for Horizon Call of the Mountain, a PS VR2 headset, PS VR2 Sense controllers, and stereo headphones. The cost of the PSVR 2 will be $599.99 / €649.99 / £569.99 / ¥79,980 recommended retail price (including tax for GBP, EUR, and JPY).
PlayStation VR2 Sense controller charging station:- The cost of the PSVR 2 will be $49.99 / €49.99 / £39.99 / ¥5,480 recommended retail price (including tax for GBP, EUR, and JPY)
Vive XR Elite specifications: – The Vive XR Elite has decent specs.
- Resolution: 1920×1920 pixels per eye (3840×1920 pixels combined)
- Refresh Rate: 90 Hz
- Field of View: Up to 110 Degrees
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2
- Storage: 128 GB
- RAM: 12 GB
- Connectivity: 2 USB 3.2 Gen-1 Type C ports ,Bluetooth 5.2 + BLE
,Wi-Fi 6 + 6E .
8. Sensors: 4 Tracking cameras ,16 MP RGB passthrough camera ,G-sensor ,Depth sensor ,Gyroscope ,Proximity sensor .
The use of pancake lenses in the XR Elite has one significant advantage over other headsets on the market, which helps it to have a smaller form factor.
PSVR 2 specifications:-
- 2 x (2000 x 2040) OLED at 90 / 120 Hz
- 110 degrees F.O.V
- Six-axis motion sensing system
- IR proximity sensor
- 4 embedded camera
- Haptic vibration feedback
- USB Type-C
- Headphone jack
There are a lot of exciting new experience elements to get excited about. Some things, like haptic reactions, haven’t been seen in the Virtual Realty market before. Other features like eye-tracking systems have been seen before, however, not in VR headsets of this price range.
See-through view: PSVR 2 packs front cameras on its primary headset panel, which means you can switch your view between gameplay and your surroundings either through the Control Center or by pushing a button on the device itself. There is no recording option for the see-through view as well.
Broadcasting: Sony has declared that players with a PS5 HD Camera will be able to broadcast themselves playing the new VR system, sharing footage directly to a stream at the same time.
Custom play areas: – finding the play area has always been a tricky spot for VR headsets. Some use expensive tracking systems, while others simply keep rooted to the spot to avoid accidental harm or injury. PSVR 2 uses a custom mapping system, using a camera in the headset itself and the PSVR 2 Sense controllers to pinpoint the right play area. Once you get too close to a pre-defined area, the system will alert you automatically.
Cinematic mode: If you prefer to play your PS5 games regularly in your own virtual space, the PSVR 2 will allow you to enable Cinematic mode. This actually casts your PS5 system to the inside of your VR headset, and content in 1080p and up to 120Hz.
Foveated Rendering: Foveated rendering is a fancy way of saying that the new headset will use eye-tracking system technology to help the user to navigate menus and much more.