HP Reverb G2 is coming in November

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The highly anticipated HP Reverb G2 finally has a release date—and HP hasn’t wasted any time since announcing the virtual reality headset in May, with several improvements promised

Quick read

➨ Pre-orders for the HP Reverb G2 will begin shipping in early November, with new orders arriving in December after significant demand for the new headset
➨ Since announcing the new headset in May, HP has made several tweaks, including an update to the lenses to reduce Fresnel ring reflections and improve clarity
➨ HP confirmed that enterprise customers and developers should attend the virtual VR/AR Global Summit this week to learn more about the new headset

The story

Pre-orders for the HP Reverb G2 will begin shipping in early November, with new orders arriving in December after significant demand for the new headset.

HP confirmed the general shipping dates for the Reverb follow-up—and the fact that demand has been high—late last week.

The HP Reverb G2 is shaping up to be a highly anticipated next-generation Windows virtual reality headset, promising significant upgrades over its predecessor, including improved lenses, manual interpupillary distance adjust, 3D audio through off-ear speakers, enhanced comfort, a better tracking and controller experience, and easy access to Steam games.

HP announced the new $599 Reverb back in May to much excitement from consumer and enterprise audiences.

Since that May announcement, HP has made several tweaks to the headset, including an update to the lenses to reduce Fresnel ring reflections and improve clarity.

The controllers’ menu button has been made into a dome shape to help users distinguish it from the Windows button by touch, and a USB-C to USB-A adapter will now accompany a mini DisplayPort adapter in every box.

The HP Reverb G2 will also require the power adapter to be plugged into a wall outlet, after HP’s engineers figured out how to lower persistence without lowering brightness.  

HP confirmed that enterprise customers and developers should attend the virtual VR/AR Global Summit this week to learn more about the new headset.

Kris Kolo, global executive director of the VR/AR Association, told VRWorldTech last week that HP is planning to make hardware and software announcements during its keynote speech on 30 September.

John Ludwig and Joanna Popper of HP are both speaking at the virtual event. Popper indicated to VRWorldTech in August that the HP Reverb G2 has a lot of potential for enterprise use cases, including remote collaboration, training and product development

She added: “With the uptick in remote working, we try to focus on our customers’ digital work life and the way they organise their lives around work and play. As these two worlds increasingly blend and merge, it becomes more important than ever to have access to technology like virtual reality headsets, content and software that will collectively improve multiple aspects of people’s lives.”

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Main image: The HP Reverb G2

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