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After much anticipation, the VIVE XR Elite accessory "VIVE XR Series MR Gasket" is finally available for purchase! Why is there so much hype? During MWC23 Mobile World Congress earlier this year, the MR Gasket had already caught the attention of many people, as using this new MR Gasket allowed users to still see their surroundings when they're trying out the VIVE XR Elite VR glasses. This new experience not only provides users with a sense of security, but also allows for easier interaction with other people nearby, prominently showcasing the unique advantages of using this MR Gasket in such a demanding environment. After personally using this new MR Gasket, I am very satisfied, so let me introduce the differences between this new MR Gasket and the regular MR Gasket for the VIVE XR Elite.
Get ready for an out-of-this-world #MixedReality experience with #VIVEXRElite MR face gasket! Seamlessly use real-world equipment and maintain situational awareness while immersing yourself in virtual worlds.— HTC VIVE (@htcvive) February 27, 2023
Learn more about the #VIVEXRElite: https://t.co/khBQLeSzVZ#MWC23 pic.twitter.com/FR0Xb3S8AU
The "VIVE XR Series MR Gasket" is made of very skin-friendly material, with slight cushioning and a soft texture for a comfortable feel. It doesn't leave marks on the forehead and doesn't cause any discomfort. In addition, it provides excellent support, even when playing VR games that require extensive movement, ensuring a consistent stable fit. This is a great advantage for users who use VR devices for extended periods of time.
A lightweight MR Gasket.
The open design of the "VIVE XR Series MR Gasket" greatly reduces the issue of heat and stuffiness, so even if you work up a sweat during VR fitness sessions, the lenses and cushion won't feel like a sauna. It is also very easy to clean, simply wipe it gently with a wet tissue or alcohol. Even in crowded exhibition halls with multiple users, hygiene is no longer a major concern.
When we use VR, we typically want to feel deeply immersed in another world, right? At such times, a cushion that completely isolates you from the real world becomes particularly important. However, in daily VR usage, we don't always want to be completely disconnected from reality; convenience is also crucial. For example, when I use VR for remote meetings in the office, colleagues may still approach me. While the built-in pass-through function of the VIVE XR Elite allows you to see the real world with a single click, using the "MR Gasket" makes this experience even more intuitive. Moreover, if you're using VR in an unfamiliar environment, the "MR Gasket" allows you to maintain persistent awareness of your surroundings, providing you with an enhanced sense of safety by not completely isolating you from the outside world.
No more worrying about accidentally stepping on your cat while playing VR (?!). (Source: HTC VIVE)
Many VIVE XR Elite users have expressed very positive feedback on the convenience of adjustable lens diopters that help accommodate for nearsightedness! However, many users still prefer using their own glasses while using VR. Both user preferences have ardent supporters.
The "VIVE XR Series MR Gasket" creates more space to support more glasses for use with the VIVE XR Elite This means more users will be able to use their own prescription glasses without having to worry about the level of their nearsightedness and astigmatism.
|Regular Magnetic Face Gasket
|VIVE XR Series MR Gasket
|Poor, may be stuffy
|Good, increased comfort
|Tight design may not suit all face shapes
|Designed to accommodate various face shapes, wider compatibility
|Isolation from the Outside World
|Complete isolation, less awareness of the outside world
|Allows a certain level of awareness of the outside world
|Cleaning and Hygiene
|Not easy to clean, requires regular replacement
|Easy to clean, better hygiene
|No need to wear glasses (adjustable diopter using a dial)
|Reserved space for glasses, more user-friendly
|Magnetic attachment, good stability
|Magnetic attachment, good stability
|Suitable for Users
|Users of long-duration, static content
|Users requiring frequent interaction or movement
|Suitable for Scenarios
|Immersive games and simulations
|Use in social, exhibition, office, and home environments
In the end, the choice of which cushion to use depends on individual needs and usage scenarios. Whether you're seeking the highest level of immersion or more everyday comfort and practicality, both cushions from the VIVE XR Elite series are excellent choices.