New Reverb G2 VR Headset Tweaks Make a Solid Headset Even Better

Final month HP introduced that it was releasing a brand new Reverb G2 headset with some tweaks designed to enhance field-of-view and controller protection. We bought out fingers on the brand new headset and put it by way of the paces.

Reverb G2 is an honest headset and in our assessment we actually cherished the readability of its show and lenses, however had been a bit let down by the restricted field-of-view. And regardless that the headset had notably higher monitoring protection in comparison with prior Home windows VR headsets, it nonetheless had some blind spots that had been straightforward to note throughout common use.

Now HP has launched a barely up to date model of the headset within the US which hopes to particularly tackle these points, together with enhancing compatibility with AMD GPUs. We bought our fingers on the brand new Reverb G2 and in contrast it to the unique.

HP remains to be calling the brand new model of the headset the ‘Reverb G2’, however for readability let’s name the unique the G2 and the brand new model the G2.1.

Eye-relief & Discipline-of-view

New Reverb G2 VR Headset Tweaks Make a Stable Headset Even Higher 9Photograph by Highway to VR

The Reverb G2.1 comes with a brand new facepad which will be diminished from the unique mounted eye-relief distance of 15mm to 9mm. That is completed with a easy spacer which comes pre-installed within the G2.1. In my expertise with the unique G2, there was a great deal of field-of-view left on the desk due to the mounted eye-relief. In idea, eradicating the spacer to drop all the way down to 9mm ought to assist individuals like me get nearer to the headsets most field-of-view.

Certainly, eradicating the spacer introduced a noticeable enchancment in each vertical and horizontal field-of-view. Right here’s a take a look at measurements evaluating the field-of-view of the G2 and the G2.1.

Reverb G2 vs. G2.1 Discipline-of-View – Private Measurements
(no glasses, measured with TestHMD 1.2)

Horizontal FOV Vertical FOV Unique Reverb G2 Eye-relief (15mm) 82° 78° Reverb G2.1 Eye-relief (9mm) 98° 88° Absolute Minimal Eye-relief (facepad eliminated) 98° 88°

You may see that utilizing the 9mm setting on Reverb G2.1 elevated my horizontal and vertical field-of-view by 16° and 10° respectively.

In comparison with operating the identical field-of-view take a look at with the facepad utterly eliminated, I bought the exact same outcomes (as a result of at that time the display screen turns into the limiting issue over eye-relief). That signifies that the 9mm setting of the Reverb G2.1 permits me to completely maximize the headset’s field-of-view.

Now I need to be clear… this won’t be the case for everybody utilizing the headset; it relies upon solely on the topology of ones face. Some individuals might already be getting the utmost field-of-view (or near it) at 15mm, and happening to 9mm would solely serve to disclose the perimeters of the show as a substitute of increasing the field-of-view.

As for me, the 9mm setting was good in that it maximized the headset’s field-of-view with out revealing the perimeters of the show—which is mostly most well-liked as a result of the arduous boundary of a show is one way or the other extra immersion-breaking than the comfortable boundary of a lens.

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There’s actually just one draw back to this transformation and that’s a barely smaller nostril cavity, irrespective of for those who’re utilizing the spacer or not. When you have a giant nostril and the unique G2 feels tight there, the G2.1 might put bothersome stress in your nostril.

The spacer itself is such a easy half and I’m actually glad HP went out of its technique to embrace it within the new model of the headset to make it simpler for everybody to dial within the eye-relief to get essentially the most from the field-of-view.

New Reverb G2 VR Headset Tweaks Make a Stable Headset Even Higher 11The spacer of the Reverb G2.1 completely suits the headset’s form | Photograph by Highway to VR

The spacer is completely fashioned to the headset and snaps onto its magnetic attachment factors, after which the facepad snaps over prime of it utilizing the identical magnets.

In case you’re curious, sure you should use the brand new spacer and/or the brand new facepad with the unique Reverb G2; each will match completely onto the headset (you can too use the previous facepad with the brand new headset). Nonetheless, utilizing the brand new spacer with the unique facepad (which might take you to a 21mm eye-relief) kind of works, however the two components lack an ideal seal which causes some mild leakage that may be annoying.

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