Sadly, you may must pay further to get HP’s newest tech: the buyer model of the Reverb will price $599 — $150 greater than the final mannequin — when it lands in late April. There’s additionally a $649 skilled model coming, which can embody a shorter cable to work with HP’s Compact Desktop backpack, in addition to washable face cushions.
From the entrance, the Reverb seems extra just like the Oculus Rift than HP’s earlier headset. However across the again, there is a distinctive round headstrap system, as a substitute of the one “halo” fashion headband from earlier than. It is joined with velcro straps across the sides and prime of the headset, one other nod to the Rift. Whereas it would look like a step again at first, HP representatives inform us this new mechanism makes it simpler for the Reverb to suit on quite a lot of head sizes. It is also a lot lighter than earlier than, as properly, clocking in at 1.1 kilos in comparison with 1.8.
HP additionally made some main adjustments, this time round. As an alternative of OLED shows, it is utilizing fast-switching 2.89-inch LCDs operating at 90Hz. Beforehand, high-end headsets solely used OLED to keep away from the head-ache inducing screendoor impact, however HP says LCD expertise has come a great distance since then. It is also robust to safe OLED provide lately, because it’s displaying up in additional units. The Oculus Go additionally used speedy LCDs, however it’s shocking to see that tech make its option to one thing extra skilled. the Reverb’s new lenses are additionally aspherical, as a substitute of simply round, which provides them a bigger 114-degree subject of view.
Throughout a short demo of the Reverb, I used to be principally involved with how comfy it might really feel. I had no hassle slipping it over my giant glasses, and as I did so, the round strap nestled right into a spot on the again of my head. I did not must rearrange any of the velcro strap to tweak the match — it simply felt rock stable as I moved my head round. The built-in headphones, that are additionally new, simply rested on my ears.
As soon as I had the match sorted, I booted into the Home windows Combined Actuality Portal (which is admittedly only a digital lounge in a stylish cliffside home), and ogled every little thing for a couple of minutes. Close by objects appeared noticeably sharper than the final headset, and I might additionally make out extra element within the distant mountains. I used to be additionally shocked how a lot better it appeared than the Samsung Odyssey, which was the best decision Combined Actuality headset up till now.