There are a lot of companies making moves into VR these days, like HTC, Oculus, and PlayStation, and now HP has just revealed the HP Reverb - Professional Edition virtual reality headset this week at their HP Reinvent partner event, providing each eye with a 2160x2160 panel and a 114-degree field of view.
RoadtoVR reports that these screens provide twice the number of pixels as the Odyssey+ and over three-and-a-half times as many pixels as other first-gen headsets like the Oculus Rift.
"As the commercial VR segment is expected to grow to $34 billion by 20222, customers are seeking lifelike VR viewing to help open doors to new business opportunities in product design, training, and engineering," said Spike Huang, vice president and global lead of VR at HP Inc. "The time for commercial VR is now and adding HP Reverb to our broader virtual reality portfolio is an important step in addressing this growing market."
HP worked with people in various fields outside of gaming to make this headset, including healthcare, design, and engineering. VR-based training was also considered, as it has a 75% retention rate compared to lectures at 10% and reading at 5%, according to HP's own report. This headset then targeted three sticking points with VR to work on - visual quality, fit and comfort, and deployment and support.
It weighs 1.1 pounds and has integrated headphones with spatial audio and smart assistant compatible dual microphones. Bluetooth is also integrated with pre-paired motion controllers out of the box, as well as support for SteamVR and Windows Mixed Reality, the latter of which is easier due to the inside-out tracking.
"With more than 2,500 VR experiences available and counting, Windows Mixed Reality continues to serve as the home for cutting-edge innovations that are fundamentally changing the way we work and play," said Alex Kipman, Technical Fellow at Microsoft. "The HP Reverb headset is an amazing example of the type of innovation we are seeing take place as we push forward and bring the next era of computing - the era of mixed reality - to the masses."
The headset is scheduled for availability starting in late April for $649 USD, and you'll get the headset, a 3.5m cable for PC, a 0.6m cable for HP Z VR backpack PC, two motion controllers, a cleanable face cushion, one DisplayPort to mini-DisplayPort adapter, and a year of commercial warranty. The Consumer Edition, however, will cost $599 and will include all the same features aside from the headset cable and washable face cushion.
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