HP Reveals Reverb High-res Windows VR Headset Starting at $600


HP at present introduced Reverb (previously codenamed ‘Copper’), the successor to the corporate’s first Home windows VR headset. Reverb’s excessive res shows elevate the bar on pixel density amongst shopper VR headsets. Sporting a design that’s a major departure from its first Home windows VR headset, HP says that Reverb will launch in late April beginning at $600.

Reverb is HP’s second Home windows VR headset. Although it is going to hook into the ‘Home windows Combined Actuality’ platform at its core, it is going to additionally help SteamVR via an official plugin, identical to different Home windows VR headsets.

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In comparison with HP’s first Home windows VR headset, which has a 1,440 × 1,440 LCD show for every eye, Reverb bumps the shows as much as 2,160 × 2,160, which is 2.25 occasions the overall variety of pixels. With the identical 90Hz refresh price and an analogous area of view, the rise in decision interprets on to larger pixel density, bringing an enormous enhance to sharpness and textual content legibility.

It’s a good greater leap in decision from the primary technology of shopper VR headsets, like Rift and Vive, which use 1,080 × 1,200 shows per-eye, giving Reverb three.6 occasions the overall variety of pixels in these headsets. The constancy seen via Reverb’s lenses is additional enhanced by the truth that the LCD show makes use of full RGB-stripe sub-pixels (which typically have a greater fill-factor than OLED shows) which suggests much less display screen door impact than an OLED show of equal decision.

Reverb would be the highest decision headset within the ~100 diploma shopper class when it launches in late April, adopted behind by Samsung Odyssey and Vive Professional (each with a pair of 1,440 × 1,600 shows).

Learn our hands-on with the newest Reverb prototype to be taught extra about what it’s like to make use of the headset.

HP says that Reverb is primarily constructed for the enterprise sector, however they’re additionally making the headset overtly accessible to customers. The Reverb Shopper Version and Professional Version (let’s name them CE and PE) are an identical in design and specs and each embrace controllers). The Reverb CE is priced at $600 and can have a washable cloth face cushion and one 12 months shopper guarantee, whereas the Reverb PE might be priced at $650 and include a leather-style face cushion, an extra zero.6M cable (to be used with VR backpack PCs), and one 12 months industrial guarantee that covers the headset in non-consumer settings.

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Reverb has new fresnel lenses which the corporate says will provide a wider area of view and a bigger candy spot than its predecessor. There’s no hardware IPD adjustment on Reverb; the nominal setting is 63mm, and software program changes vary from 55mm to 71mm, based on HP.

HP quotes the Reverb’s area of view at 114 levels diagonally, however has considerably confusingly informed us that this isn’t the precise measurement, however as an alternative represents what they consider is “indicative” of the headset’s area of view. From my hands-on with the headset, it feels in the identical FOV class because the Rift, Vive, and PSVR, however possibly on the decrease finish of the group. I’ve reached out to the corporate for additional clarification on their FOV figures.

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Apart from decision, HP says that a main focus of Reverb is consolation. Whereas the unique HP Home windows VR headset makes use of a ‘halo’ model headband and lacks built-in headphones, the Reverb has a decidedly extra Rift-like look with an overhead strap, semi-rigid spring-loaded aspect straps, and compact headphones inbuilt. The headphones are detachable with a flat-head screwdriver, and a three.5mm cable dangles from the again of the headset for simply connecting third-party headphones.

The Reverb headset weighs in at 500 grams (1.1 kilos), excluding the cable—simply above the Rift and Vive’s ~470 grams.

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Whereas the design overhaul looks as if largely a win for Reverb, it has come on the expense of the handy flip-up visor performance on HP’s first Home windows VR headset.

Like all Home windows VR headsets, Reverb makes use of inside-out monitoring through on-board cameras. The cameras calculate the place of the headset by wanting on the atmosphere across the consumer, and likewise observe the actions of controllers by wanting on the glowing LEDs. In our expertise, monitoring efficiency is nice with this technique, nevertheless it’s not unusual for controllers to get momentarily ‘misplaced’ when wanting away from the controllers (as a result of they could momentarily exit the digital camera’s area of view). Reverb makes use of the identical Home windows Combined Actuality controllers utilized by different Home windows VR headsets.

HP says that Reverb’s inside-out monitoring system is nearly unchanged from the unique, with the identical placement and determination of monitoring cameras. For that cause, we count on that monitoring efficiency might be largely unchanged from different Home windows VR headsets.

Whereas the primary HP Home windows VR headset makes use of HDMI and USB three.zero plugs, the Reverb makes use of DisplayPort 1.three and USB three.zero, and likewise consists of built-in Bluetooth which implies that the host PC doesn’t want its personal Bluetooth connection.

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Within the enterprise house, the place the corporate expects the headset to be most interesting, HP says the Reverb is nicely fitted to engineering product improvement, design opinions, structure/engineering/building opinions, location-based leisure, and upkeep/restore/overhaul coaching. Whereas the Reverb CE might be offered ‘as is’, HP is attempting to outline itself as a VR options firm, and says it’s prepared and keen to work intently with enterprise prospects to equip them with the hardware, software program, and companies to make VR a helpful a part of their workflow.