Having started as one of the original manufacturers for Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality system, HP has been one of the few to actually continue reiterating. Last year saw the HP Reverb arrive, keenly focused towards enterprise use. For 2020, HP has officially announced the Reverb G2 which is going back to those consumer roots.
The HP Reverb G2 was teased back in March, with the tech giant also collaborating with Valve as well as Microsoft on the new head-mounted display (HMD). The benefit of which can be seen in the G2’s design and software compatibility.
For example, the back of the head strap looks very much like Valve Index’s – which is very comfortable – plus the speakers also sit away from the ear by 10mm. Which makes them comfortable, easy to use when setting up and spatial audio ready. So they’ll support MSFT spatial audio alongside HP Labs’ new spatial audio format.
On the visual side there a plenty of improvements. Offering a 114-degree field of view (FoV) the HP Reverb G2 comes with 2160 x 2160 LCD panels per eye with new lenses designed by Valve. To ensure comfortable VR viewing for as many people as possible the headsets comes with manual interpupillary distance (IPD) adjustment.
When it comes to tracking the Reverb G2 has four cameras providing inside-out roomscale tracking alongside tracking the redesigned controllers which do look a little better than previous WMR designs. As a WMR headset is also supports SteamVR so you can play all your favourites.
“The power of collaboration is on full display with the HP Reverb G2, and alongside Valve and Microsoft, we engineered a no-compromises VR headset that’s immersive, comfortable, and compatible across Windows Mixed Reality and SteamVR,” said Spike Huang, Vice President and Global Lead of VR, HP Inc in a statement. “The time is now for VR and the HP Reverb G2 brings high-quality VR to the masses with more immersion for gamers, interactive experiences for creators, increased engagement for collaboration, and higher retention rates for education and training.”
The HP Reverb G2 headset is expected to launch Fall 2020 in the US for $599. Pre-orders for US customers start today via HP.com and other outlets, with select countries added to that list in the coming weeks (VRFocus has contacted HP regarding UK availability). For further updates regarding the HP Reverb G2, keep reading VRFocus.