HP have given us a sneak peak of their next-gen digital actuality headset in a brand new teaser video – simply in time for the launch of Half-Life: Alyx. Called the Reverb G2, this new headset guarantees “no compromise” and goals to ship “a more immersive, comfortable and compatible experience” than HP’s 1st-gen Reverb headset. HP are additionally calling it “the new standard in VR”, suggesting it would even be trying to tackle the Valve Index as the brand new king of VR gaming headsets. Have a watch of their teaser video under.
As you’ll be able to see from HP’s quick teaser trailer, there’s actually not lots to go on in the mean time when it comes to what it seems to be like, or what its specs will probably be, because the 15 second clip solely reveals us the teeniest glimpse of the headset’s obscure form and description. However, the extra blurb over on HP’s website, the place you’ll be able to presently join extra notifications in regards to the headset, does give us some attention-grabbing clues about what we’d have the ability to count on.
You could recall that the unique HP Reverb was a Windows Mixed Reality headset. It had fairly a excessive spec in comparison with different WMR headsets on the market – and, certainly, in comparison with different 1st-gen VR headsets such because the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Its show had a pointy 2160×2160 per-eye decision, a large 114 diploma discipline of view, built-in spatial audio headphones, and twin microphones, placing proper on the higher finish of its WMR rivals.
The Reverb G2, alternatively, goes to be totally suitable with SteamVR, implying that it received’t be a WMR headset, however quite a correct contender to different high-end PC-based VR headsets you should purchase at this time such because the HTC Vive Cosmos and Oculus Rift S. Indeed, when you can technically run SteamVR video games on the outdated Reverb with the assistance of Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality for SteamVR app, Valve’s involvement within the making of this headset makes it sounds such as you received’t have to undergo Microsoft’s Windows Store to get the Reverb G2 working together with your SteamVR library – particularly given HP’s teaser textual content on their web site emphasises that it’s going to offer a “more compatible” expertise than its predecessor.
However, given the present HP Reverb prices £599 / $599 at time of writing, the Reverb G2 may find yourself being fairly costly in comparison with its Vive and Rift rivals. As I mentioned, it’s presently unknown what the Reverb G2’s specs are going to be, but when HP are saying it’s going to be even “more immersive and comfortable” than their outdated headset, then you’ll be able to most likely assume it might have even higher specs than the present one. This may end in fairly the value bump over the present Reverb, placing it extra in Vive Cosmos Elite or Valve Index territory than, say, the £399 / $399 Rift S.
Still, extra competitors within the VR headset area can solely be factor in the long term, and I’ll be intrigued to see the way it compares with its PC rivals as soon as HP reveal extra details about it. In the imply time, you could find out all the pieces about Half-Life: Alyx’s PC necessities to get your PC prepared for Valve’s wonderful new VR sport (so says Graham in his Half-Life: Alyx assessment), and when you’re right here, why not have a browse of my Half-Life: Alyx VR efficiency article to see what sort of expertise you’ll be able to count on by taking part in on the sport’s minimal PC spec? Or, for those who’d quite see the sport for your self, RPS Vid Bud Matthew performed the primary two hours of it yesterday which you’ll view under, with further commentary from yours really. Enjoy!