HP’s new Reverb G2 VR Headset has been designed by HP with support from Valve and Microsoft. The company sent us a unit for a test drive and we came away impressed by its overall performance. The G2 improves upon the original Reverb in almost every way, even though it still features a sleek, all-black exterior like the original Reverb. However, in terms of build quality, the G2 uses an all-plastic front plate.
The cable port has also been moved to the top of the headset behind the mask. While this may sound inconvenient, the G2 features an easy-to-remove magnetic face mask, making it a breeze to swap masks and adjust the cable on the fly. I was a bit skeptical about how secure the magnetic facemask will be especially during active sessions. However, the headset proved me wrong by staying as snug as possible during my gaming sessions.
The Reverb G2 also still offers a resolution of 2160-by-2160 per eye, which puts it ahead of similar headsets out there on the market. You also get a refresh rate of 90Hz. The headset also offers a cable that is 6m in length – so tethering it to a VR-ready PC and playing games is super-convenient.
The output level on the HP Reverb G2 is impressive – it offers one the very best virtual reality picture quality. Virtual walks through natural environments felt quite nice and videogame sessions also felt interesting. The 2160-by-2160 per-eye resolution removes the screen-door effect, thus offering crystal clear visuals. In fact, every in-game texture and minor detail on objects in SteamVR games such as Half-Life: Alyx and The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners looked really good.
Audio performance is also commendable, thanks to Spatial Audio earphones that offer good volume, clarity, and bass. The audio is directional, and hence it allows you to play and enjoy a game, without bothering other people in the room.
For a price of AED 2499, the HP Reverb G2 VR Headset comes across as a pocket-friendly VR solution that delivers a big bang for your buck. The incredible display, razor-sharp audio, and cozy design make it a truly worthwhile investment.
Price: AED 2499