A trio of titans -- HP, Valve and Microsoft -- collaborated together to launch a new VR headset. The powerful threesome teased the next-generation headset on Steam and left nothing but scant details on the upcoming head-mounted display, GamesRadar reported.
The new Steam page features an suspenseful trailer of the next-gen headset emerging from the darkness. "No compromises," the 15-second video said, which may be insinuating that HP is ensuring top-notch compatibility with SteamVR and Windows Mixed Reality.
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"The next generation HP Virtual Reality HMD–developed in collaboration with Valve and Microsoft–delivers an immersive, comfortable and compatible VR experience. It’s the new standard in VR," the new Steam page wrote.
At first glance, it appears that the upcoming HP headset -- dubbed HP Reverb G2 by the VR community -- has dual external cameras on its front, but it's unclear whether there are additional cameras to further enhance the VR gaming experience (e.g. inside-out tracking cameras). And as WindowsCentral points out, it looks like the new HP Reverb G2 may inherit Valve Index's off-ear headphone design.
All three companies have dipped their toes into VR innovation: Microsoft spearheaded Windows Mixed Reality with a lineup of AR/VR headsets, the current Reverb generation is HP's second PC-compatible VR headset, and Valve -- the masterminds behind SteamVR -- released a highly anticipated VR game called Half-Life: Alyx this week.
On that note, you may be wondering if you should wait until the launch of this next-gen HP headset -- backed by triple-collaboration power -- before immersing yourself into the Half Life: Alyx VR world. If you're like us, your decision will likely depend on price.
With the promotional language used in the trailer, we doubt the price point will be as bank-account friendly as the Oculus Rift S. But we hope it will hover around a mid-range sweet spot that's not as high as the Valve Index's $999 sticker price.
WindowsCentral noted that folks can stay updated on the upcoming HP headset by signing up at HP.com/Reverb (but as of this writing, the website seems to be down).
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Kimberly Gedeon, holding a Master's degree in International Journalism, launched her career as a journalist for MadameNoire's business beat in 2013. She loved translating stuffy stories about the economy, personal finance and investing into digestible, easy-to-understand, entertaining stories for young women of color. During her time on the business beat, she discovered her passion for tech as she dove into articles about tech entrepreneurship, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the latest tablets. After eight years of freelancing, dabbling in a myriad of beats, she's finally found a home at Laptop Mag that accepts her as the crypto-addicted, virtual reality-loving, investing-focused, tech-fascinated nerd she is. Woot!