HP is launching a followup to its Reverb digital actuality headset made in collaboration with Microsoft and Valve. The report coincides with Valve’s release of Half-Life: Alyx, the year’s most anticipated VR sport. There’s a little element; however, HP’s website calls its new headset “a more immersive, comfortable, and suitable expertise” than the Reverb, and an e-mail from the corporate calls it a “no-compromise VR headset.”
The $599 Reverb was a part of Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality lineup, recognized for its excessive-decision display. HP’s reference to a “new commonplace in VR” suggests it’s not competing with the most cost-effective VR gadgets, just like the $399 Oculus Rift S. Nevertheless, it may not price as a lot as Valve’s $999 Index, both. There’s no launch date, although, so we don’t know if it’s going to mitigate the current headset shortage — or if it may be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has slowed manufacturing of current Valve and Oculus merchandise.
Valve’s SteamVR platform already helps Windows Mixed Reality headsets alongside different merchandise from Oculus and HTC. And the headset appears just like the previous Reverb, with two black spots that suggest the usage of Windows Mixed Reality monitoring cameras, fairly than SteamVR-type exterior monitoring beacons. So we’re undecided what this particular Microsoft / Valve / HP collaboration entails.