What you need to know
- The HP Reverb G2 Omnicept Edition headset will launch in May with a starting price of $1,249.
- HP announced that the headset will also support HP VR Spatial Audio.
- Developers will be able to download the HP Omnicept SDK in May.
The HP Reverb G2 is already one of the best VR headsets. Soon, a new edition of the HP Reverb G2 will take everything great about the headset and add support for HP Omnicept. The upcoming HP Reverb G2 Omnicept Edition includes a comprehensive sensor system that measures muscle movement, gaze, pupil size, and heart rate.
HP initially announced the HP Reverb G2 Omnicept Edition in September 2020, but at the time, we didn't have pricing or availability details. The headset will be available starting at $1,249 on HP's website in May. Also in May, HP will make the HP Omnicept Solution SDK available for developers, allowing them to design experiences that fully utilize the new headset.
In addition to pricing information, HP announced that it is adding support for HP VR Spatial Audio to the HP Omnicept SDK. HP VR Spatial Audio uses dynamic head-related-transfer-functions (HRTFs) to create a life-like experience and personalized sound. With the feature, audio can adapt to a specific person within virtual reality. The feature works with both Unity and Unreal Engine.
HP Omnicept allows developers to create "hyper-personalized, engaging, and adaptive VR experiences for enterprises," according to HP. The sensors within the headset can measure people's responses, allowing developers to create adaptive experiences within virtual reality. These can be used for training, such as placing people in simulations of high-risk environments to measure people's responses.
HP's website for the new headset and the HP Omnicept technology outlines three key areas in which the headset can enhance applications:
Windows Mixed Reality headsets are used by engineers, medical staff, and the US military. While many of the well-known cases of Windows Mixed Reality being used are on Microsoft's own HoloLens, Microsoft is also building a platform. Our executive editor Daniel Rubino recently wrote about how Microsoft's efforts in the mixed reality space are bearing fruit.
While the HP Reverb G2 Omnicept can be used in a variety of training environments, it's also a SteamVR headset. Our Cale Hunt breaks down the non-Omnicept Edition of the headset in his HP Reverb G2 review.
HP Reverb G2 Omnicept Edition
The Omnicept Edition of this headset features eye-tracking, a heart rate sensor, and face cameras that allow it to measure people's cognitive load and reactions. It's a sensory-based expansion of one of the best VR headsets on the market.
Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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