the Index Valve Virtual Reality Headset has large screens, fantastic speakers and very comfortable finger tracking controllers. There’s not much to dislike, except maybe the price of $ 999. That’s why it’s exciting to see HP partner with Valve to create a similar helmet, called Reverb G2, to a price $ 599 more affordable.
The HP Reverb G2 isn’t just a rebadged valve index, however. It shares DNA with the original Index and HP Reverb headphones. While you won’t get the Finger Detection Controllers from the Index, you will get speakers that seem practically ripped from the Valve helmet. The speakers on the Index are pretty fantastic, so good news for Reverb buyers.
For $ 599, you get a resolution of 2160 x 2160 per eye (which corresponds to the original reverb), lenses designed by Valve, a 20-foot cable and two controllers. The Reverb G2 includes Microsoft’s spatial audio platform and a new spatial audio format designed by HP Labs.
The G2 helmet houses four cameras for reverse tracking, so you won’t need to place additional sensors in your room. And HP says it has redesigned the helmet to better distribute the weight for more comfort. When you need it, the lenses flip 90 degrees so you can see around you.
Of course, you will still need a PC ready for virtual reality. But at $ 599, you get something more powerful than the $ 399 Oculus Quest and more affordable than the $ 999 valve index. HP says the Reverb G2 should be delivered in the fall of 2020, and he’s taking pre-orders now.