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HP Reverb G2 tech spec comparison: Oculus, Index, Vive, Odyssey+

HP Reverb G2
HP Reverb G2 (Image credit: HP)

HP's original Reverb was HP's second WMR headset, and it brought a crisp resolution, comfortable build, and robust audio. Now, HP is back with a redesigned Reverb G2 that was created in conjunction with Valve and Microsoft. Let's take a look at its tech specifications and how they compare to some other popular VR systems available now.

HP Reverb G2 tech specs comparison

HP Reverb G2

CategoryReverb G2
DisplayDual 2.89-inch LCD
Resolution4320x2160 (combined)
2160x2160 (per eye)
FOVApprox. 114 degrees
Refresh rateUp to 90Hz
IPDManual
AudioIntegrated
TrackingInside-out
Four cameras
6DoF
CableSix meters
DisplayPort, USB
WeightFrom 1.1 pounds (0.50kg)
Price$600
ReleaseFall 2020

Valve Index

CategoryReverb G2Valve Index
DisplayDual 2.89-inch LCDDual 3.5-inch LCD
Resolution4320x2160 (combined)
2160x2160 (per eye)
2880x1600 (combined)
1440x1600 (per eye)
FOVApprox. 114 degreesApprox. 130 degrees
Refresh rateUp to 90HzUp to 144Hz
IPDManualManual
AudioIntegrated
Physical headphones
Integrated
Physical headphones
TrackingInside-out
Four cameras
6DoF
External
SteamVR Tracking 2.0
Up to 33x33 feet
6DoF
CableSix meters
DisplayPort, USB
Six meters
DisplayPort, USB
WeightFrom 1.1 pounds (0.50kg)From 1.78 pounds (0.81kg)
Price$600From $499

Samsung Odyssey+

CategoryReverb G2Samsung Odyssey+
DisplayDual 2.89-inch LCDDual 3.5-inch AMOLED
Resolution4320x2160 (combined)
2160x2160 (per eye)
2880x1600 (combined)
1440x1600 (per eye)
FOVApprox. 114 degreesApprox. 110 degrees
Refresh rateUp to 90HzUp to 90Hz
IPDManualManual
AudioIntegrated
Physical headphones
Integrated
Physical headphones
TrackingInside-out
Four cameras
6DoF
Inside-out
Two cameras
6DoF
CableSix meters
DisplayPort, USB
Four meters
HDMI, USB
WeightFrom 1.1 pounds (0.50kg)From 1.31 pounds (0.59kg)
Price$600$535

Oculus Rift S

CategoryReverb G2Oculus Rift S
DisplayDual 2.89-inch LCDSingle LCD
Resolution4320x2160 (combined)
2160x2160 (per eye)
2560x1440 (combined)
1280x1440 (per eye)
FOVApprox. 114 degreesApprox. 90 degrees
Refresh rateUp to 90HzUp to 80Hz
IPDManualSoftware
AudioIntegrated
Physical headphones
Integrated
Headband
TrackingInside-out
Four cameras
6DoF
Inside-out
Five cameras
6DoF
CableSix meters
DisplayPort, USB
Five meters
DisplayPort, USB
WeightFrom 1.1 pounds (0.50kg)From 1.1 pounds (0.50kg)
Price$600$399

Oculus Quest

CategoryReverb G2Oculus Quest
DisplayDual 2.89-inch LCDDual 3.5-inch OLED
Resolution4320x2160 (combined)
2160x2160 (per eye)
3200x1440 (combined)
1600x1440 (per eye)
FOVApprox. 114 degreesApprox. 90 degrees
Refresh rateUp to 90HzUp to 72Hz
IPDManualManual
AudioIntegrated
Physical headphones
Integrated
Headband
TrackingInside-out
Four cameras
6DoF
Inside-out
Four cameras
6DoF
CableSix meters
DisplayPort, USB
Standalone
WeightFrom 1.1 pounds (0.50kg)1.26 pounds (0.57kg)
Price$599$399

HTC Vive Cosmos

CategoryReverb G2HTC Vive Cosmos
DisplayDual 2.89-inch LCDDual 3.5-inch LCD
Resolution4320x2160 (combined)
2160x2160 (per eye)
2880x1700 (combined)
1440x1700 (per eye)
FOVApprox. 114 degreesApprox 110 degrees
Refresh rateUp to 90HzUp to 90Hz
IPDManualManual
AudioIntegrated
Physical headphones
Integrated
Physical headphones
TrackingInside-out
Four cameras
6DoF
Inside-out
Six cameras
External
SteamVR Tracking
6DoF
CableSix meters
DisplayPort, USB
4.5 meters
DisplayPort, USB
WeightFrom 1.1 pounds (0.50kg)1.55 pounds (0.7kg)
Price$599$899

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Source: HP (Image credit: Source: HP)

Compared to the original Reverb, the Reverb G2 has a bunch of improvements designed in tandem with Valve and Microsoft. From Executive Editor Daniel Rubino's announcement post, here are some of the major improvements you can expect:

  • Valve-designed lenses: Valve is bringing its expertise in VR lens making to the Reverb G2, delivering reduced mural, 2160 x 2160 LCD panels per eye at 90Hz. Text and textures are supposed to be more precise with a 114-degree field of view (FOV).
  • Manual IPD adjust: Users can now use a wheel to adjust the interpupillary distance (IPD).
  • Four-camera tracking: two new cameras on the side aide in motion detection and the two front-facing ones. This change gives 1.4x more movement capture over Reverb G1.
  • New controllers: New optimized button layout that more closely resembles a gaming controller. The design is more ergonomic, and is it supposed to be more natural.
  • New headphones: Reverb G2 has built-in headphones like the previous model, but these are newly designed and sit 10mm off the ear for more comfort, making them "more spatial audio ready." HP claims they use its new spatial audio format "anchored in artificial intelligence, new signal processing, and psychoacoustics." The headphones are still removable, too, in case you want to use your own. Microphones are still built-in and unchanged.

The HP Reverb G2 is expected to be released Fall 2020. Preorders are available now for about $600. This price includes the headset and two motion controllers. If you're looking for a deeper comparison dive, be sure to have a look at our Valve Index vs. HP Reverb G2 post with much more information.

Cale Hunt
Cale Hunt

Cale Hunt is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.