High-resolution displays make for a better VR hardware and experience.
The HP Reverb G2 won’t be the first choice for a VR headset, but it features a great high-resolution display that makes for a more immersive experience.
In a world where VR headsets are mostly dominated by HTC and Oculus, HP comes in and offers its own take with the Reverb G2, a Windows Mixed Reality headset that features a higher resolution display. This works well when viewing the content in VR since the sharper image makes what you’re seeing even more realistic.
At 2,499 AED though, the price isn’t for everyone and since this is a tethered VR headset you would need a properly-spec’d PC to be able to use this. It does feel like the Reverb G2 caters to a more niche audience, in which it definitely succeeds – otherwise, you can look at cheaper options when deciding to purchase a VR headset.
Design-wise, the Reverb G2’s layout is pretty much standard. The headset comes with velcro straps that offer a snug fit on the device and doesn’t put a strain on your head when you’re wearing it. The main console itself has a soft padding that makes it comfortable to wear it for long periods and even effectively blocks out light from below to make it more immersive.
Two speakers are located on the side, which can easily be adjusted so it points directly to your ears when wearing it. The speakers sound great and manage to deliver a level of realism especially with the near-perfect sound output. Right below the headset is where you’ll find a slider to adjust the interpupillary distance.
Setting up the Reverb G2 requires you to connect the DisplayPort cable and USB-C cable to your PC and goes to a breakout box that will also need to be plugged in. From there, one long cable connects directly to the Reverb G2. It’s a little messy, to be honest, and probably not the best way I would want to enjoy VR.
While the setup is generally easy, most of the hurdles we experienced pertain to Windows 10. At first, it had trouble downloading the Mixed Reality software which is happening because Windows can’t download an update. Most of these hurdles were in relation to Windows 10, and we managed to get it working after some tinkering.
Unlike VR headsets like the Vive, the Reverb G2 doesn’t require other tracking devices when setting up. Instead, it has multiple sensors placed around the main headset to detect the area around it. Windows Mixed Reality offers a lot of available apps and games that you can try out, with most of them accessible on a virtual house that you can explore. The included controllers were decent, but it tends to lose the tracking at times but overall it still made the experience great.
What’s more, the Reverb G2 is also compatible with Steam VR, giving you access to more VR games like Half-Life: Alyx and Star Wars: Squadrons. The experience is mostly great thanks to the super sharp display that comes with a 2160-by-2160 pixel resolution per eye. Everything looks clearer and detailed, which heightens the whole VR experience.
We hooked up the Reverb G2 on a normal gaming PC that includes a 10th Generation Intel Core i7 CPU with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080. Details were excellent considering the hardware, and we can safely assume the experience will be even better if you connect it with newer hardware.
Overall, the HP Reverb G2’s simple setup and great hardware easily make this one of the best VR headsets available. While other VR headsets cost less, the high-resolution display on the Reverb G2 gets our praise, which can take your VR experience to a whole new level.
+ Great sharp display
+ Excellent speakers
– Messy cables
Final Rating: 4/5