HP might not be a model synonymous with players, however the firm’s upcoming Reverb G2 VR headset might change all the things. It was revealed again in Might 2020, and is ready to supply the next decision show than the likes of the Oculus Rift S and Vive Cosmos, redesigned controllers, improved monitoring capabilities and, most significantly, it’s accessible to pre-order proper now.
The precise launch date isn’t set in stone simply but, however we all know nearly all the things else there may be to know in regards to the HP Reverb G2, and right here, we cowl all the things from launch date rumours to specs and even minimal PC necessities.
When will the HP Reverb G2 be launched?
Whereas the HP Reverb G2 is official, the discharge date… isn’t. HP confirmed at launch that the upcoming VR headset could be accessible in Fall 2020, nevertheless it hasn’t supplied a selected launch date and even the month of launch.
Nevertheless, a UK retailer appears to counsel that the HP Reverb G2 can be launched on 15 September 2020, and has been taking pre-orders since early July. It’s solely doable that the date is solely a mid-September placeholder, however that’s nonetheless extra info than we’ve received from HP itself.
Whereas the preliminary pre-order batch offered out, System Energetic claims that every one pre-orders from this level onward can be delivered on the finish of September, as a part of a second wave of items, seemingly doubling-down on the prompt preliminary mid-September launch.
Although the positioning claims to be the unique pre-order companion of HP UK for the brand new headset, HP states that the prompt launch is an unofficial estimate. Even so, it’s as near a launch date past autumn 2020 that we’ve received.
How a lot will the HP Reverb G2 price?
With such spectacular specs on provide, it ought to come as no shock that the HP Reverb G2 isn’t as budget-friendly as some would really like. The upcoming headset prices £639 together with supply within the UK by way of System Energetic, whereas these within the US can head to Connection to pre-order the headset for $599.
That’s £240/$200 costlier than the £399/$399 Oculus Rift S, so HP may have fairly a problem to persuade customers to spend extra. That being mentioned, it’s in-line with the HTC Vive Cosmos, and is rather a lot cheaper than the premium Valve Index whereas boasting the next decision than Valve and HTC’s choices.
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What’s new with the HP Reverb G2?
So, what’s it that makes the HP Reverb G2 so thrilling? Not like earlier Home windows Combined Actuality headsets, the Reverb G2 has the power to really compete with gaming-focused headsets from the likes of Oculus and HTC whereas nonetheless serving its enterprise prospects.
Admittedly, Home windows VR headsets had been forward of the curve when it got here to inside-out monitoring, providing the performance again in 2017 when different headsets nonetheless used base station setups, however the headsets solely featured two cameras. Oculus and HTC have since launched inside-out headsets that sport 4 cameras, providing a lot bigger monitoring quantity, and it appears HP agreed, together with 4 cameras on the Reverb G2.
It’s the primary WMR headset to make the bounce from two to 4 cameras, however we think about others will observe go well with quickly. HP claims that it supplies 1.4x extra motion seize in comparison with two-camera programs, permitting for a extra immersive VR expertise with fewer monitoring points.
The Reverb G2 presents a considerable controller redesign, bringing vital adjustments to the form and button format of the brand new WMR controllers.
Whereas the unique controllers had a thumbstick, trackpad, an utility button, analogue set off and a grip button, the brand new controllers look similar to Oculus’ Contact controllers, full with extra face buttons and grip triggers, once more permitting the Reverb G2 to instantly compete with gaming-focused headsets available on the market.
HP has confirmed that the brand new controllers can be suitable with older Home windows Combined Actuality headsets, permitting present WMR headset house owners to improve the controllers with out having to purchase a brand new VR headset. The corporate has confirmed that it’ll ship the G2 controllers individually, however this may increasingly not occur till someday after the launch of the headset.
The corporate is but to substantiate simply how a lot these controllers price when purchased individually, however we’ll replace this part once we know extra.
Spectacular show and improved optics
Whereas the show hasn’t modified from the unique Reverb, providing the identical 2160 x 2160 per-eye, it’s greater than you’ll get from the vast majority of VR headsets available on the market – the truth is, it’s nearly double that of the Oculus Rift S. HP has improved the show tech although, providing higher distinction, brightness and decrease persistence than the unique.
There are additionally new lenses on provide, designed in collaboration with Valve, that ought to dramatically enhance the readability of the headset. There’s nonetheless a 114-degree FoV on provide, however with extra pixels per diploma than rivals, it ought to provide noticeable enhancements over the most well-liked choices accessible proper now.
New off-ear headphones
HP labored with Valve on the lenses for the Reverb G2, nevertheless it didn’t cease there – the corporate additionally labored with Valve on the headphones, adopting the favored ‘off-ear’ headphones of the Valve Index.
The headphones hover close to to your ear as a substitute of sitting on them, providing a extra snug and immersive VR expertise, and HP claims that it options the very same amp and drivers as Valve’s headset. That’s nice to listen to, as many take into account the Valve Index to be the king in the case of built-in VR audio.
Enhancements in design
And, after all, no improve could be full with out tweaks to the general design of the headset. The Reverb G2 takes a leaf out of the competitors’s guide, providing a redesigned head-mount form, softer padding and the introduction of a bodily IPD adjustment.
The round design of the unique HMD has been changed by an oval-shaped HMD, which HP claims is healthier formed to the top, and the brand new padding that surrounds it’s a lot thicker and wider than that of the unique, serving to higher distribute the strain across the eyes when sporting the headset.
Not like the Valve Index, of which the Reverb G2 has taken many cues, HP’s new VR headset will retain the side-strap design for becoming and tightening the headset as a substitute of the tightening dial system utilized by most rivals.
Fortunately, there’s additionally a bodily IPD adjustment, permitting customers to alter the gap between the lenses from 60- to 68mm, and that’s one thing not accessible on the Oculus Rift S – a lot to the frustration of followers, because it was a function of the unique. As a substitute, Oculus headsets use a digital IPD various, with less-than-desirable outcomes.
There’s additionally a 6m-long cable that HP claims is thinner and lighter than the cumbersome tether of the first-gen headset, connecting to PC by way of DisplayPort and USB-C. If USB-C isn’t accessible, you’ve received the choice of connecting the headset by way of commonplace energy adapter, additionally included within the field.
HP Reverb G2 specs
Show: 2x 2.89in LCD
Decision: 2160 x 2160 per-eye
Refresh fee: 90Hz
Monitoring: Inside-out, utilizing 4 cameras
Cable size: 6m
Connector: DisplayPort, USB-C, energy adapter (non-compulsory)
Controllers: 2x detachable AA batteries
HP Reverb G2 minimal PC necessities
The excessive decision of the HP Reverb G2’s show signifies that you’ll want an extremely highly effective (and costly) rig to get probably the most out of it – particularly if you wish to recreation – and that’s backed up by the system’s minimal necessities as listed on the Connection web site. It’ll rely considerably on what you’re doing, so AAA VR titles might have much more than what’s listed under:
Processor: Intel Core i5, i7, Intel Xeon E3-1240 v5, equal or higher. AMD Ryzen 5 equal or higher.
Reminiscence: eight GB RAM or extra
Video out: DisplayPort 1.3
USB ports: 1x USB 3.zero Sort C
Energy: USB Sort C with energy supply or included energy adapter
Working system: Home windows 10 Might 2019 replace or later
Graphics: DX12 succesful graphics
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080, GTX 1080 Ti, RTX 2060 SUPER, RTX 2070, RTX 2070 SUPER, RTX 2080, RTX 2080 SUPER, 2080 Ti, AMD Radeon RX 5700, Radeon RX 5700 XT, Radeon 7
You may wish to put money into a brand new gaming PC for those who’ve received your coronary heart set on the HP Reverb G2.