Introducing the HP Reverb G2

HP Reverb G2 Headset and Controllers

The HP Reverb G2 is the successor to the original HP Reverb. It’s Promising to be one of the most meaningful times in VR development and arrives in late 2020.

It will be the biggest upgrade to the VR experience since the original Oculus DK2 hit the scene back in 2016.

HP Reverb G2 Summary

The HP Reverb G2, released in Q4 2020 leaps forward with a massive visual update thanks to the 2160×2160 per-eye LED displays. Any visible Screen-door is effectively eliminated, and whilst not considered a retina resolution, compared to other headsets the experience is so much better than almost any offering currently available.

The HP headset has been developed in conjunction with Valve, so it has been able to use the same off-ear headphone design used on the Index.

Controllers, Cameras and tracking

The controllers have also been updated from the original WMR controllers, which quite frankly aren’t that good. They have gone for an ‘Oculus look’ with the same basic button layout and stick trigger position. While not quite as slick as an Oculus controller they are easily a good fit for modern VR gaming.

For tracking, HP has opted for a four-camera solution – an improvement from the old WMR headset designs which used only two. These two extra cameras, on either side, creates greater coverage for tracking controllers and help reduce ‘frozen’ controller issues. There are some dead zones, however, they can be easily worked around once you get used to where they are.

Head-tracking is also good, providing excellent positioning from the four on-device cameras. Overall precision is good, perhaps not quite as good at the inside out tracking from Oculus or the Index’s external lighthouse tracking.

G2 also has an improved lens arrangement. They have implemented a mechanical IPD solution which is a major advantage for users. The Fresnel lens also has a very large sweet spot meaning that getting good is not an issue and you won’t find your self continually adjusting the headset to get an in-focus image.

In Conclusion

For a $600 (£600) headset, the HP Reverb G2 is a strong contender in the VR headset market. With the massive 2160×2160 per eye resolution, it blows the competition out of the water with regards to visual fidelity, however, the tracking lets the side down slightly. Overall an amazing piece of tech at an amazing price.

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