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HP teams up with Valve and Microsoft for a new VR headset

Being able to put on fancy goggles and stepping into the land of headcrabs and crowbar loving Gordons will do that.

A new virtual reality headset billed as "the new standard in VR" has shown up on Steam, and it has Valve's backing even though it's being built by HP. However, there really hasn't been a ton of excitement around Windows Mixed Reality headsets so far - at least amongst consumers.

Keep in mind this announcement from HP arrives coincides with the release of Valve's Half-Life: Alyx VR game.

While these claims sound exciting, we hope the "no-compromise" claim doesn't mean HP feels justified in releasing a VR HMD that approaches the $1,000 mark. While no name has been given, this will be a follow up to their Reverb headset already available for commercial VR.

The presentation of the Reverb G2 was also made at an opportune moment: the first images of the device appeared just on the day of the launch of Half-Life: Alyx, Valve's virtual reality game that was received with widely positive reviews. At the moment there are no details to grasp to know how much is true in the ambitious description of the project. And the headset looks similar to the old Reverb, with two black spots that imply the use of Windows Mixed Reality tracking cameras, rather than SteamVR-style external tracking beacons. It's the flawless opportunity to stealthily tease a new next-gen VR headset, and that's exactly what HP has done. Or, if you want something that works great, has broad compatibility, and a massive user base, go for something a little more mainstream with an Oculus Quest or a Valve Index.



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