VIVE XR Elite passthrough mode: Everything you need to know
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The Vive XR Elite passthrough mode is one of the features we’re really looking forward to as we rapidly accelerate towards the release date. So, today we’re going to give you a brief overview of what it is, and how to use it
HTC Vive XR Elite VR headset
Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2
1920 x 1920 per-eye
Up to 2 hours, comes with a hot-swappable 26.6Wh Battery
When using a VR headset, one of the main concerns for many users is being able to view their surroundings. Having a feature that allows you to view your surroundings is very useful in VR headsets. This is because it helps you to both orient yourself, and to see when sneaky roommates are about to prank you.
Several VR headsets come with special modes that allow them to view their surroundings, for example PSVR 2’s see through mode, which was particularly good as noted in our review. Luckily, the Vive XR Elite also has one, as we consider it an invaluable feature that all the best VR headsets should have.
So what is the VIVE XR Elite passthrough mode? How does it work? In this guide, we will explain what the VIVE XR Elite passthrough mode is, how it works, and how you can enable it to view your surroundings.
VIVE XR Elite passthrough mode explained
The VIVE XR Elite comes with a passthrough mode that allows you to view your physical, real-world surroundings while having the headset on. It is a toggleable mode that lets you view your physical surroundings in a passthrough view.
So how to turn on passthrough mode to see your surroundings? Follow the steps below to view your surroundings via the passthrough mode in VIVE XR Elite.
How to turn on passthrough mode in VIVE XR Elite?
- Press the headset button on your VIVE XR Elite twice. The front LED on your headset will light up in red color. You can now view your physical surroundings in the passthrough mode.
- To turn off passthrough mode and get back into the VR world, press the front button on your headset twice, once again. You can also press the VIVE button on your right controller to turn on or turn off the passthrough mode.
That’s how simple it is to get into the passthrough mode on your VIVE XR Elite. However, do note that when you are in passthrough view, you cannot continue your VR experience until you exit the mode.