HP Reverb G2 Omni Launches in May, to Cost $1,249
Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) system continues to run thanks to HP headsets. The company launched the HP Reverb G2 at the close of last year. Last September, HP also announced a new enterprise-focused headset model dubbed the Reverb G2 Omnicept Edition. HP has now revealed that the Omnicept Edition headset will launch next month and will retail at $1,249.
Although the price appears steep, it is relatively affordable compared to that of the other pro-level VR headsets and considering the specifications and features of the device. It packs lots of sensors, all of which have been designed to give companies and developers data-driven insights to suit their needs.
The HP Reverb G2 Omnicept Edition also features sensors for eye tracking, facial movements, heart rate monitoring, and pupil dilation. You can put these sensors into various use-cases including training scenarios that examine how users cope in particular situations, in monitoring the wellbeing of someone, for mental health applications, as well as in immersive experiences where co-workers can virtually collaborate with expressive avatars.
HP is also releasing the Omnicept software development kit (SDK) alongside the hardware launch, for creators. The SDK will be available in four options depending on the target organization and planned use. The HP Omnicept SDK ‘Core’ will be entirely free but it won’t have the Inference Engine SDK. The Academic version will also be free and will be for educational use or with a 2% revenue share in for-profit usage. There is also The Developer Edition of the SDK with a flat 2% revenue share. The Enterprise Edition of the SDK has pricing that is tailored to the company.
The Core is the only version of the SDK with some extra exclusions, the Pulse Rate Variability API and HP VR Spatial Audio excluded. Instead, it leverages dynamic head-related transfer functions (HRTFs) to create a personalized sound that will give users a more immersive experience.
The HP Reverb G2 Omnicept shares several other specs with its consumer cousin such as the 2160×2160 per eye resolution, a 90Hz refresh rate, Valve’s off ear headphones, a 114-degree FOV, four cameras for inside-out tracking as well as a 6-meter cable that gives users lots of freedom to move around the playspace.
Users can begin ordering the HP Reverb G2 via the HP website from May. For users who simply want a decent and more affordable PC VR headset for gaming, there is the standard HP Reverb G2 which is priced at $599. Keep it here for future HP VR updates.