HP as we speak introduced it’s constructing a brand new VR headset, referred to as Reverb G2, in collaboration with Valve and Microsoft.
There’s little or no to go on, as the one factor accessible proper now’s a single teaser video. Right here it’s, in all its ambiguous glory:
HP additionally left us with this assertion, which can give us no less than one clue as to what we’re seeing right here:
“By way of this collaboration, Valve, Microsoft and HP are bringing a extra immersive, snug and suitable VR expertise,” an HP spokesperson advised Highway to VR.
Wholesome hypothesis: by the appears of it, the Reverb G2 might make use of Microsoft’s Home windows MR optical inside-out monitoring, which is out there on a number of Home windows MR headsets courting again to the primary era of units in 2017, together with the unique HP Reverb.
Launched simply final summer season and aimed toward enterprise customers, the HP Reverb was a formidable piece of equipment regardless of the compromises on its typically tepid Home windows monitoring high quality and growing older WMR controllers. It consists of 2,160 × 2,160 per-display decision, which is a giant step up over the subsequent highest decision headsets in the identical class—the Valve Index, showcasing a decision of 1,440 × 1,600 per show, and HTC Vive Professional’s twin 1,440 × 1,600 AMOLEDs, making the OG Reverb an impressively pixel-dense headset.
The “extra suitable” a part of the assertion nonetheless may simply level to the inclusion of SteamVR monitoring as a secondary customary, embedded inside the headset’s exterior. Home windows MR headsets are already suitable with SteamVR by default, and their controllers have a normal enter structure, so making it “extra suitable” from a software program perspective looks like a moot level.
Right here’s a greater look, brightened for readability.
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If it consists of SteamVR monitoring, the place are the dimples then? Though HTC Vive and extra not too long ago Vive Cosmos Elite include characteristically dimpled faceplates for SteamVR monitoring, Valve’s Index has them invisibly embedded, so there’s no telling what lurks beneath that entrance portion of the headset.
One other little bit of hypothesis: the headset’s built-in audio appears strikingly just like Valve Index’s, which could counsel an off-ear headphone design. Ought to that be the case, it’s not out of the realm of chance that they’ve additionally borrowed a few of Valve’s optics as effectively.
What undoubtedly isn’t clear is whether or not Reverb G2 will include the growing older Home windows MR controllers, or whether or not that reveal will come later with a potential Home windows MR/SteamVR monitoring combo. We’ll have our eyes peeled for more information on Reverb G2, which symbolizes Valve’s first headset collab exterior of the unique HTC Vive from 2016.
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Is HP pushing out one other enterprise headset, or heading HTC off on the go with an impressively speced headset which might probably trump the Vive Cosmos’ modularity? We’ll be maintaining our eyes peeled within the coming weeks for more information on Reverb G2, so be certain to verify again quickly.