HP Reverb G2Source: 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.

Huge Improvements

HP Reverb G2

HP Reverb G2

Expected Fall 2020

With a crisp, high resolution, comfortable fit, and redesigned audio, the HP Reverb G2 is no doubt an attractive option for anyone who wants the clearest picture possible.

HP Reverb G2 tech specs comparison

HP Reverb G2

Category Reverb G2
Display Dual 2.89-inch LCD
Resolution 4320x2160 (combined)
2160x2160 (per eye)
FOV Approx. 114 degrees
Refresh rate Up to 90Hz
IPD Manual
Audio Integrated
Tracking Inside-out
Four cameras
6DoF
Cable Six meters
DisplayPort, USB
Weight From 1.1 pounds (0.50kg)
Price $600
Release Fall 2020

Valve Index

Category Reverb G2 Valve Index
Display Dual 2.89-inch LCD Dual 3.5-inch LCD
Resolution 4320x2160 (combined)
2160x2160 (per eye)
2880x1600 (combined)
1440x1600 (per eye)
FOV Approx. 114 degrees Approx. 130 degrees
Refresh rate Up to 90Hz Up to 144Hz
IPD Manual Manual
Audio Integrated
Physical headphones
Integrated
Physical headphones
Tracking Inside-out
Four cameras
6DoF
External
SteamVR Tracking 2.0
Up to 33x33 feet
6DoF
Cable Six meters
DisplayPort, USB
Six meters
DisplayPort, USB
Weight From 1.1 pounds (0.50kg) From 1.78 pounds (0.81kg)
Price $600 From $499

Samsung Odyssey+

Category Reverb G2 Samsung Odyssey+
Display Dual 2.89-inch LCD Dual 3.5-inch AMOLED
Resolution 4320x2160 (combined)
2160x2160 (per eye)
2880x1600 (combined)
1440x1600 (per eye)
FOV Approx. 114 degrees Approx. 110 degrees
Refresh rate Up to 90Hz Up to 90Hz
IPD Manual Manual
Audio Integrated
Physical headphones
Integrated
Physical headphones
Tracking Inside-out
Four cameras
6DoF
Inside-out
Two cameras
6DoF
Cable Six meters
DisplayPort, USB
Four meters
HDMI, USB
Weight From 1.1 pounds (0.50kg) From 1.31 pounds (0.59kg)
Price $600 $535

Oculus Rift S

Category Reverb G2 Oculus Rift S
Display Dual 2.89-inch LCD Single LCD
Resolution 4320x2160 (combined)
2160x2160 (per eye)
2560x1440 (combined)
1280x1440 (per eye)
FOV Approx. 114 degrees Approx. 90 degrees
Refresh rate Up to 90Hz Up to 80Hz
IPD Manual Software
Audio Integrated
Physical headphones
Integrated
Headband
Tracking Inside-out
Four cameras
6DoF
Inside-out
Five cameras
6DoF
Cable Six meters
DisplayPort, USB
Five meters
DisplayPort, USB
Weight From 1.1 pounds (0.50kg) From 1.1 pounds (0.50kg)
Price $600 $399

Oculus Quest

Category Reverb G2 Oculus Quest
Display Dual 2.89-inch LCD Dual 3.5-inch OLED
Resolution 4320x2160 (combined)
2160x2160 (per eye)
3200x1440 (combined)
1600x1440 (per eye)
FOV Approx. 114 degrees Approx. 90 degrees
Refresh rate Up to 90Hz Up to 72Hz
IPD Manual Manual
Audio Integrated
Physical headphones
Integrated
Headband
Tracking Inside-out
Four cameras
6DoF
Inside-out
Four cameras
6DoF
Cable Six meters
DisplayPort, USB
Standalone
Weight From 1.1 pounds (0.50kg) 1.26 pounds (0.57kg)
Price $599 $399

HTC Vive Cosmos

Category Reverb G2 HTC Vive Cosmos
Display Dual 2.89-inch LCD Dual 3.5-inch LCD
Resolution 4320x2160 (combined)
2160x2160 (per eye)
2880x1700 (combined)
1440x1700 (per eye)
FOV Approx. 114 degrees Approx 110 degrees
Refresh rate Up to 90Hz Up to 90Hz
IPD Manual Manual
Audio Integrated
Physical headphones
Integrated
Physical headphones
Tracking Inside-out
Four cameras
6DoF
Inside-out
Six cameras
External
SteamVR Tracking
6DoF
Cable Six meters
DisplayPort, USB
4.5 meters
DisplayPort, USB
Weight From 1.1 pounds (0.50kg) 1.55 pounds (0.7kg)
Price $599 $899

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HP Reverb G2Source: 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:

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  • 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.

Huge Improvements

HP Reverb G2

HP Reverb G2

Expected Fall 2020

With a crisp, high resolution, comfortable fit, and redesigned audio, the HP Reverb G2 is no doubt an attractive option for anyone who wants the clearest picture possible.

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