HP is teasing a followup to its Reverb digital actuality headset made in collaboration with Microsoft and Valve. The announcement coincides with Valve’s launch of Half-Life: Alyx, the yr’s most anticipated VR sport. There’s little element, however HP’s web site calls its new headset “a extra immersive, snug, and appropriate 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 Home windows Blended Actuality lineup, identified for its high-resolution display. HP’s reference to a “new normal in VR” suggests it’s not competing with the most affordable VR units, just like the $399 Oculus Rift S. However it may not value as a lot as Valve’s $999 Index, both. There’s no launch date, although, so we don’t know if it would mitigate the present headset scarcity — or if it is likely to be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has slowed manufacturing of present Valve and Oculus merchandise.
Valve’s SteamVR platform already helps Home windows Blended Actuality headsets alongside different merchandise from Oculus and HTC. And the headset appears just like the outdated Reverb, with two black spots that indicate using Home windows Blended Actuality monitoring cameras, fairly than SteamVR-style exterior monitoring beacons. So we’re undecided what this particular Microsoft / Valve / HP collaboration entails.
I’ll be aware, nonetheless, that Home windows Blended Actuality has a handy monitoring system and mediocre controllers, whereas the Valve Index has an inconvenient monitoring system and the perfect controllers in VR. Valve’s present controllers can’t work with HP’s monitoring system. However their most distinctive options use inner sensors, not SteamVR beacons — and increasing these past the Index could be good for everybody concerned.