HP is giving VR headsets one other shot: After first releasing a reasonably unremarkable PC-based headset amongst a wave of comparable Home windows Blended Actuality gadgets in 2017, the corporate is now again with a tool that goals to trump opponents like HTC’s Vive Professional with the next show decision.
HP’s new Reverb VR headset provides 2160 x 2160 pixels for every eye, in comparison with the two,880 x 1,600 pixels complete decision of the Vive Professional. The corporate additionally tried exhausting to make the Reverb as comfy as attainable, with a complete weight of 1.1lbs, notably lower than a few of the different headsets in the marketplace. And eventually, it encompasses a 114 diploma field-of-view, barely above the 110 levels of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive Professional, respectively.
The announcement of the brand new system coincided with the Sport Builders Convention (GDC) in San Francisco, however HP truly unveiled the Reverb at its personal World Accomplice Discussion board in Houston, Tx. That selection is greater than coincidental: The corporate is firstly concentrating on enterprise clients with the brand new system, with HP’s world VR headset lead John Ludwig saying that the corporate bought plenty of inbound requests from firms after releasing its first headset 2 years in the past.
“Textual content legibility is tremendous vital” for company trainings and different enterprise makes use of circumstances, stated Ludwig. A demo given to Selection lately confirmed that the upper decision certainly does assist with studying in VR. Medical or well being and security trainings proven through the demo additionally benefited vastly from the upper decision.
HP is promoting the Reverb’s Professional version to enterprise clients for $649 beginning in late April. However whereas a lot of the promotion might be centered on this enterprise model, there may even be a shopper model for $599. “Business wants and shopper wants overlap lots,” stated Ludwig.
The Reverb headset is as soon as once more primarily based on Microsoft’s Home windows Blended Actuality platform, which instantly integrates with the Steam retailer for entry to the most well-liked VR apps and video games. HP additionally determined to stay with Microsoft due to a few of the technical advances round Home windows Blended Actuality, stated Ludwig. “The monitoring has improved lots.”