HP Reverb Virtual Reality Headset
In terms of visual appeal, the HP Reverb Virtual Reality Headsetis a slick-looking VR headset. a sleek, lightweight design paired with a charcoal fabric front plate creates a sense of approachability that’s lacking from other more intimidating VR devices. A simplified single cable system removes a majority of the frustration that comes with multiple branching wires.
|Screen||Dual 2.89-inch LCD panels with Pulse Backlight technology|
|Resolution||2160 x 2160 per eye (4320 x 2160 combined)|
|Subpixel Rendering||RGB sub-pixels|
|Refresh Rate||90 Hz with recommended system specs|
|Field of View||~114-degrees, Fresnel-Aspherical|
|Tracking||2x front-facing cameras|
|Sensors||Windows Mixed Reality inside/out, 6-DOF motion tracking, gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer|
|Eye adjustments||63mm +/- 8mm by software control|
|Connections||DisplayPort 1.3, USB 3.0, stereo 3.5 mm headphone/mic jack|
|Cables||3.5m 2-in-1 (DisplayPort 1.3 and USB 3.0) cable
Full-size DisplayPort to mini DisplayPort adapter
|Face Cushion||Replaceable, cloth-covered foam|
|Dimensions (without straps)||2.17 x 6.97 x 3.31 inches / 55 x 177 x 84mm|
|Weight (without cable)||1.1 pounds / 498g|
The visuals on the HP Reverb are absolutely fantastic. With two 2.89-inch LCDs offering a resolution of 2160×2160 pixels per eye (the HTC Vive Pro features a resolution of 1,600×1,400), the Reverb provides arguably the most impressive visual experience currently available on a VR headset. Every texture presented includes a stunning amount of detail, resulting in hyper-realistic environments that immerse you deeper into your experience.
No matter just how visually captivating the experience may be or how satisfying the gameplay is on the HP Reverb, at the end of the day you’re still—unfortunately—using a pair of Microsoft Mixed Reality controllers. While the Reverb headset does everything it can to increase user immersion, it seems as though the controllers are dedicated entirely to breaking it. In terms of comfort, the controllers are a disappointment. No matter how you position your hands it’s almost impossible to maintain a solid grip. The large magnetic battery plate also has a habit of becoming loose during intense moments of play, creating an even more cumbersome scenario.
Windows Mixed Reality
Much like other Windows Mixed Reality devices, HP Reverb users begin their experience inside a customizable home space referred to as ‘Cliff House.’ This gorgeous open-format home serves as a users base of operations, allowing them to navigate their games and apps, check the weather, access the Microsoft Store, move around 3D furniture, project 2D windows anywhere on their walls, even stream their favorite media from a personal in-home movie theater