HP Reverb G2 VR has been officially presented and is as we expected, a virtual reality headset that boasts the highest resolution on the planet and has top-level allies such as Microsoft and Valve.
The use of virtual reality in consumption is still well below expectations and the HP Reverb G2 VR expects to be a Market “shaker”. Complete update of the original model of 2019, improves it in all its sections, comfort of use, optics or connectivity, while supporting both the Windows Mixed Reality platform and Steam VR.
The technical characteristics are as expected, highlighting a 2160 x 2160 pixel resolution per eye, well above what other rivals offer. The 114-degree field of view is interesting thanks to asymmetric Fresnel lenses to make the viewing area wider on the sides and smaller between the eyes where the viewing area overlaps.
A face mask will allow a quick change “from virtual to real world” and also has a manual IPD setting (for pupil distance). There is a “better weight distribution” than in the previous version and a more comfortable general fit for any type of user.
They include new speakers located 10 mm from the ear, allowing greater comfort during installation or removal. Supports spatial audio MSFT and the new format coming from HP Labs that employs artificial intelligence, new signal processing and psychoacoustics to deliver a true 3D sound feel.
The helmet will be delivered with a pair of controllers that they have the ability to “pre-pair via Bluetooth”. It also works with 4x cameras that allow tracking without the need for external sensors.
HP Reverb G2 VR, price and availability
The new virtual reality headset will be available next fall with an official price of $ 599. Pre-order in the US today at HP.com and at select resellers. It will also be available for pre-order in other regions in the “coming” weeks or months.
Special mention for another point of sale, the Steam VR page, We confirm that the alliance with Valve goes further Platform-level support and HP’s new VR will also be featured on Steam as a hardware product. Valve generally only sells its own hardware on the platform with the exception of HTC Vive, so it will be interesting to see the platform’s reasons for distributing a product that will compete with the Valve Index itself. Of course, it is sure to include the game Half-Life: Alyx.
Considering that HP promises “more immersion for gamers, interactive experiences for creators, greater commitment to collaboration and higher retention rates for education and training”, we would not rule out a professional version of this design. HP has an opening program of 13 immersion centers worldwide where it offers testing, advice and implementation possibilities within companies.
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