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  • HP Reverb G2 VR Headset with Controller Review

    HP Reverb G2 VR Headset with Controller Review. Let’s explore what the nifty yet functional VR Headset from HP has to offer.

  • Technical Specifications

    Hardware Included:

    HP VR Headset, 6m headset cable for desktop and mobile PC’s, 2 motion controllers, 1 DisplayPort to
    mini-DisplayPort™ adapter, 1 Power Adapter. Setup document.

    Minimum System Requirement:

    Software Requirement: Windows 10 May 2019 update or higher – Significant improvements have been added to the Windows Mixed Reality platform to optimize for the visual quality of this device. For the best performance, please ensure you have the latest updates from Windows 10: version 1903/1909 (KB4577062 or later) or 2004 (KB4577063 or later).

    Processor: Intel® Core™ i5, i7, Intel® Xeon® E3-1240 v5, equivalent or better. AMD Ryzen 5 equivalent or better

    Memory: 8 GB RAM or more Video out: DisplayPort™ 1.3 USB ports: 1x USB 3.0 Type C® Power: Included power adapter Graphics: DX12 capable graphics. Cards that typically run Reverb at full resolution: • Consumer – NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 Ti – NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2060 SUPER, NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2070, NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2070 SUPER, NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2080, NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2080 SUPER, NVIDIA® GeForce® 2080 Ti – NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 3070, NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 3080, NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 3090 – AMD Radeon™ RX 5700, AMD Radeon™ RX 5700 XT, AMD Radeon™ 7

    Workstation – NVIDIA® Quadro® P5200 – NVIDIA® Quadro® RTX 4000, NVIDIA® Quadro® RTX 5000, NVIDIA® Quadro® RTX 6000, NVIDIA® Quadro® RTX 8000, NVIDIA RTX™ A6000 – AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 8200, AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 9200 – AMD Radeon™ Pro W5700 Cards that typically run Reverb at half resolution:

    Consumer – NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1660, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1660ti, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1070 – NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2060 – AMD Radeon™ RX 580, AMD Radeon™ RX 5500XT, AMD Radeon™ RX 590, AMD Radeon™ RX 5600 XT, AMD Radeon™ RX Vega56, AMD Radeon™ RX Vega64

    Workstation – NVIDIA® Quadro® P3200, NVIDIA® Quadro® P4000, NVIDIA® Quadro® P4200, NVIDIA® Quadro® P5000 – NVIDIA® Quadro® RTX 3000 – AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 7100

  • Description

    HP Reverb G2 VR Headset with Controller Review

    First Glance:

    HP Reverb G2 VR Headset is a quality contender to the list of other VR Headsets that are already in the market. Oculus Quest 2, HTC VIVE Pro 2 to name a few are some of it’s competitors. The product sure looks great. 

    With a matte black plastic shell and grey fabric material for the interior cushioning, the HP Reverb G2 is a sleek yet discreet looking VR headset. On the gadget, there are four external cameras: two on the front and one on each side. The built-in directional speakers may be lifted up when not in use, and are located next to the side cameras.

    The interior of the headset features a layer of memory foam that is coated in fabric to make wearing it more comfortable. This section can be removed for easy cleaning and access to the concealed connector for the enormous six-meter wire that links the Reverb G2 to your PC or laptop.

    G2 VR features two displays made of LCD (one per eye) and the resolution of each is 2160 x 2160 Px. The clarity and detail that the screen offers is pretty sharp. But the drawback compared to other VR headsets is that the refresh rate that the VR headset offers is only 90Hz. 

    The lag is slightly visible when you play games that require a higher frame rate.

    Look & Feel of HP Reverb G2 VR Headset

    HP has experience building personal computing devices that adhere to certain standard. It’s prime focus is on the ergonomics of the device. Build quality seems pretty good. The design of the headset is aesthetic and the controllers has a comfortable grip.  

    Unlike in our review of HTC Vive Pro 2 VR Headset , where we mentioned that HTC’s VR headset was bulky, this one is lighter and weighs under 1 LBs and is pretty comfortable to wear. The overall cushioning around the eye and nose bridge is well supported. You can even wear glasses up to 14 cm in width under the VR headset and still experience Virtual Reality. 

    Experience of setting the entire VR Setup 

    Setting up the VR Headset is a breeze as it’s almost plug and play. The HP Reverb G2 is built for room-scale VR. It has a six-meter cable doesn’t restrict your movement. Unlike other VR systems which have base stations and external boundary alert system, the headset is equipped with built-in cameras to determine the space and surroundings. Also, the HP Reverb G2 requires a DisplayPort or USB 3.0 connection which most older systems may not have. 

    Once you’ve connected the product, you can download STEAMVR or Windows Mixed Reality to configure the headset. You’ll be asked to calibrate the headset & controller through a range of motions, all of which will be guided on the system.

    Platform & Game Availability

    HP Reverb G2 relies on SteamVR and Windows Mixed Reality portal. HP on it’s own isn’t going to foray into building a Metaverse like Meta or HTC’s Viverse. Instead, it’s strategy currently is to focus on building great Virtual Reality products for consumers.

    Over 1000+ Games and VR experiences are available for the headset. STEAM is already a gaming platform that has titles which has VR and Non-VR games. Using the headset, you can play both type of games. 

    Half Life: Alyx is a game that has stunning visuals and amazing Virtual Reality experience that can truly put the headset to test. Even though the refresh rate is at 90Hz (max) the headset doesn’t lag thankfully. 

    Camera & Sensors

    The HP Reverb G2 has 4 cameras that work to track your position, measure the room size among other things. It has inbuilt gyroscope, accelerometer, light intensity tracker. There are no external sensors. HP claims that the additional cameras do the job but there have been instances where the tracking gets affected due to varied light intensity. Hopefully these can be tweaked through a firmware update.

    Sound Quality of HP Reverb G2 VR Headset

    The Head Mounted Display offers immersive spatial audio. Spatial audio adds another dimension to the listening experience as it provides a 360 audio surround.

    Reverb G2 supports High-Fidelity audio for Virtual Reality content and games that have the format encoded in them. It’s truly enjoyable.

    Final Verdict: A stronger Mid-range contender that tries to give you the best possible VR experience.

    – Great Display quality

    – Comfortable to wear

    – Easy to Setup

    – Built tough

    – Support for STEAMVR & Windows Mixed Reality

    It’s not fair to compare it with other headsets like Oculus Quest and VIVE VR. Both those controllers are in the extreme. That said, HP Reverb G2 could offer a little more to increase the value of it’s product. At the end of the day, customers who are serious about VR gaming may end up shelling out a little more for VIVE VR. 

    Reference: VR Headset for Metaverse reviews.

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