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HP’s Reverb G2 unveiled for $600

HP has unveiled Reverb G2, a new high-resolution VR headset that it hopes will attract new business users and consumers. Together with Microsoft and the game manufacturer Valve, the company is launching the second generation of VR headsets. 

“HP and Microsoft have announced the Reverb G2, which is intended for use with the new Windows 10 Mobile operating system. The headset’s resolution is 2,160 x 2,160 for the eyes, which is intended to support the visual realism of VR, HP’s senior vice president of product management and marketing,” Andrew Burchfield, said at a news conference. He said:

Reverb G2 with Valve lenses has the potential to deliver sharper images that reinforce the feeling of being transported to reality.

Andrew Burchfield

Pre-orders in the US begun recently, and the Reverb G2 is expected to hit the market in the autumn for $599 and include a revamped controller. The High-End Valve Index, which has 1440 x 1600 pixels, is measured at 2160 x 2160 pixels for the eyes, while the lower end of the range, the 2,800 x 1,200-pixel Valve Indices, has a resolution of 3,000 x 2,500 pixels. It has the same screen size as the original, but a slightly larger screen and a higher resolution. 

Developed in collaboration with Microsoft and Valve, the headset features the same specifications as the original HP Reverb, which was launched in May 2019. The company has previously developed VR headsets on the market-leading Valve Index specifications, but this is the first time it has manufactured them with these specifications. Among the improvements, HP says, is additional padding to make longer sessions feel more comfortable.

In terms of hardware specifications, the Reverb G2 will use speakers from the Valve Index to provide spatial audio support and will behave in the same way as the company’s other VR headsets. HP has also found cover for a high-resolution virtual reality headset that aims to shoot Windows Mixed Reality into both arms. Created in collaboration with Microsoft and Valve, $599 Reverbs G 2 sits atop HP’s current VR headset line – pending the Windows 10 Creators Update. 

HP’s brief description read: “Get to know HP’s vision for the future with an exciting announcement from Special Guest Microsoft. Today, the presentation, which included a video of the new Reverb G2 VR headset in its entirety, suggests the secret will be revealed, but images posted on Twitter hours ago say the rest.

Announced at the company’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, the new headset is presented as a “compromise” VR headset developed in collaboration with Valve and Microsoft that offers high-quality VR experiences with the best of both worlds: high performance and low latency. Get to know HP’s “vision for the future” with exciting announcements and special guests from Microsoft. 

The high-end Valve Index, which has 1440 x 1600 pixels, is 2160 x 2160 pixels for the eyes, and the high-end of the HP Reverb G2 display (the highest end in the Valve Index, which has 1440×1600 pixels) is two-thirds of it. It features a redesigned controller so you get the same controls as the original HP G1 VR headset, but with a more powerful processor and a larger display.

With US pre-orders starting today, it is expected to hit the market for $599 in the autumn and $499 in Europe and Australia in September.

It is equipped with a GPU codenamed GP104 – 300 – A1, which is a slimmed-down GTX 1080 Pascal GPU and has the ability to access, access, and play VR games with the supported VR headset and controllers. HP worked closely with Valve and Microsoft to ensure that the headset would deliver a world-class VR experience using its proprietary VR technology and connector – supporting Windows Mixed Reality and SteamVR, as well as plugging in and playing a VR game with a supported headset controller.

Designed for a wide range of student distances, it was officially unveiled at GDC 2019 and will be available at the end of April. Siemens conducted its virtual VR training on Microsoft’s HoloLens at the World Economic Forum in Davos last year.  Stick with us for more updates.

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