Computer giant HP has launched a new virtual reality (VR) headset, with two versions aimed at the enterprise and consumer markets.
The HP Reverb comes in pro and consumer versions, priced at $649 and $599, respectively. Both will be released in late April.
HP seems keen to promote the pro version in particular, highlighting the fact that it offers 2,160 x 2,160 panel per eye with significant resolution and a 114-degree field of view.
Aimed primarily at product design, architecture, engineering, training, healthcare and location-based entertainment, HP said it wanted to solve three specific pain points commonly associated with VR solutions:
- Visual quality—from high resolution to the reduction of repeated focus adjustments
- Fit and comfort, especially during extended usage for intense workflows
- Deployment and support
With these in mind, the ultra-light (1.1 pounds) HP Reverb features excellent resolution with redesigned optics, as well as integrated headphones with spatial audio and smart assistant compatible dual microphones.
The headset boasts integrated Bluetooth with pre-paired motion controllers and support for Windows Mixed Reality and Steam VR.
With Windows Mixed Reality’s inside out tracking, setup is a case of plug in the VR headset and start the experience. For multi-user environments there are removable, cleanable face-mask cushions.
“As the commercial VR segment is expected to grow to $34 billion by 2022, 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.
“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.”
Alex Kipman, technical fellow at Microsoft, added: “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.”
“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.”