HP unveils new VR headset

HP unveils new VR headset
Published: 24 March 2019 - 6:01 a.m.
By: Digital Studio Middle East Staff

At the HP Reinvent global partner event, tech giant HP unveiled a new grounds-up designed virtual reality (VR) headset it says will be a game changer in the VR space. The HP Reverb Virtual Reality Headset – Professional Edition delivers a super high clarity with 2160 x 2160 panel per eye with double the resolution and a 114-degree field of view.

“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, 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 said it worked closely with customers to solve their VR challenges across product design, architecture, engineering, training, healthcare, and location-based entertainment. HP says it was able to better understand customer insights such as VR-based training which the company says delivers a 75 per cent retention rate compared to lectures at 10 per cent and reading at 5 per cent.

HP says the new device is designed to solve three specific pain points commonly associated with VR solutions: visual quality – from high resolution to the reduction of repeated focus adjustments; smarter fit and comfort, especially during extended usage for intense workflows; and, frictionless deployment and support.

The ultra-light (1.1 pounds/0.5 kilograms) HP Reverb VR Headset has redesigned optics to increase the visual “sweet spot.” HP Reverb also features integrated headphones with spatial audio and smart assistant compatible dual microphones for collaboration in multi-user VR environments. For multi-user environments, there are removable, cleanable facemask cushions.

Deployment of HP Reverb is made easier via integrated Bluetooth with pre-paired motion controllers right out of the box (no need to pair) and support for Windows Mixed Reality and Steam VR. With Windows Mixed Reality’s inside out tracking, users can simply plug in the VR headset and start the experience.

“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, 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 HP Reverb Virtual Reality Headset – Pro Edition is expected to be available in April for AED 2,380.

Pro Edition price includes HP VR Headset, 3.5m headset cable for desktop and mobile PCs, .6m headset cable for HP Z VR Backpack wearable VR PC (sold separately), 2 motion controllers, cleanable face cushion, 1 DisplayPort™ to mini-Display. Port adapter. The Pro Edition has a 1-year limited commercial warranty.

HP Reverb Consumer Edition Available - The HP Reverb Virtual Reality Headset – Consumer Edition is expected to be available in May for AED 2,000.
Consumer Edition price includes the same as the pro edition except for the .6m headset cable and washable fabric face cushion. The Consumer Edition includes a 1-year limited consumer warranty.

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