Valve, Microsoft, and HP are collaborating to construct a ‘”next generation” SteamVR headset, called HP Reverb G2.

The current HP Reverb is the company’s second PC VR headset, with excessive decision LCD panels and a deal with consolation. It’s $599. Its first was a cheaper model back in 2017, not considerably modified from Microsoft’s reference design. HP hasn’t launched any particulars or specs on the long run headset but.

In the movies the phrases “the next generation” and “no compromises” seem. This seemingly hints at HP Reverb G2 being the primary headset in a brand new era of Windows MR (Microsoft’s PC VR platform that each one HP VR headsets have used up to now).

Windows MR headsets are already appropriate with SteamVR by Microsoft’s own driver, available on Steam. So why is Valve concerned on this collaboration?

Microsoft labored with Valve to make the first-generation WMR headsets work with SteamVR. While the corporate tried to make its Windows Store the place for VR apps, it appears to have now shifted to endorsing Steam, even placing its personal apps on Valve’s retailer.

Valve, Microsoft, and HP are working on a ‘next generation’ SteamVR headset

Brightening the headset from the video seems to indicate nearfield off-ear audio system, similar to what the Valve Index has. This ought to allow prime quality, precisely positioned audio in VR.

The picture additionally exhibits what seems like two monitoring cameras on the entrance. There could also be further cameras on the perimeters to permit for large monitoring quantity, like on the design Samsung submitted to the Chinese patent office in January. If Samsung’s design turns into a product, it may very well be one other entry in WMR’s new era alongside Reverb G2.

This announcement hits simply as Valve launched its “flagship” VR sport, Half-Life: Alyx, the primary full entry within the collection in over a decade. It’s designed to provide a number of VR followers precisely what they’ve been asking for; a full-length VR shooter with the identical type of manufacturing values you’d anticipate from a conventional online game launch.

Valve is aware of that the majority of Alyx players won’t be using Index, each resulting from stock points and its $1,000. With the Reverb G2, the corporate could at very least be endorsing, or probably even engaged on, a extra accessible reasonably priced different. Even if it doesn’t tackle Facebook’s Oculus Rift S immediately at $400, it might supply a center floor for PC avid gamers searching for a stability of high quality and value.

We’ll deliver you extra details about this headset as quickly as we have now it.

This story initially appeared on Copyright 2020