HP Building ‘Next Generation’ SteamVR Headset With Microsoft & Valve

Valve, Microsoft and HP are collaborating to construct a ‘subsequent technology’ SteamVR headset, known as HP Reverb G2.

The present HP Reverb is the corporate’s second PC VR headset, with excessive decision LCD panels and a concentrate on consolation. It’s priced at $599. Its first was a less expensive mannequin again in 2017, not considerably modified from Microsoft’s reference design.

HP hasn’t launched any particulars or specs on the longer term headset but. The corporate supplied this quick teaser video:

Within the movies the phrases ‘THE NEXT GENERATION’ and ‘NO COMPROMISES’ are proven. This seemingly hints at HP Reverb G2 being the primary headset in a brand new technology of Home windows MR (Microsoft’s PC VR platform which all HP VR headsets have used to this point).

Home windows MR headsets are already suitable with SteamVR by Microsoft’s personal driver, accessible on Steam. So why is Valve concerned on this collaboration?

Microsoft labored with Valve to make the primary technology WMR headsets work on SteamVR. Whereas the corporate tried to make its Home windows Retailer the place for VR apps, it appears to have now shifted to endorsing Steam, even placing its personal apps on Valve’s retailer.

Brightening the headset from the video seems to point out nearfield off-ear audio system, similar to what the Valve Index has. This could allow top quality, precisely positioned audio in VR.

The picture additionally reveals what seems to be like two monitoring cameras on the entrance. There could also be further cameras on the perimeters to permit for broad monitoring quantity, like on the design Samsung submitted to the Chinese language patent workplace in January. If Samsung’s design turns into a product, it could possibly be one other entry in WMR’s new technology alongside Reverb G2.

This announcement hits simply as Valve launched its “flagship” VR recreation, Half-Life: Alyx, the primary full entry within the collection in over a decade. It’s designed to present numerous VR followers precisely what they’ve been asking for; a full-length VR shooter with the identical form of manufacturing values you’d anticipate from a standard videogame launch. You possibly can learn extra in our full assessment proper right here.

Valve is aware of that almost all of Alyx gamers received’t be utilizing Index, each because of inventory points and the pricepoint of $1000. With the Reverb G2, the corporate could have on the very least be endorsing, or doubtlessly even engaged on, a extra accessible inexpensive. Even when it doesn’t tackle Fb’s Oculus Rift S instantly at $400, it may supply a center floor for PC players on the lookout for a stability of high quality and value.

We’ll convey you extra details about this headset as quickly as now we have it.