HP teases 'next gen' VR headset made with Microsoft and Valve's help

Joanna Estrada
March 26, 2020

"Developed in collaboration with Valve and Microsoft, the next gen HP VR headset delivers a more immersive, comfortable, and compatible experience than the previous generation", it reads. However, if you're interested, you may sign up here to get notified whenever the new HP VR headset becomes available.

By meeting the standards for inclusion in Microsoft's Windows Mixed Reality platform, it also meets the requirements of Valve's Steam VR program, providing one of several lower-end alternatives to Valve's own $999 Valve Index.

The new device follows on from the company's Reverb headset from a year ago and has been announced alongside the release of what was arguably the most anticipated VR title to date - Half-Life: Alyx.

Valve previously worked with HTC to bring the Vive headset to market.

Alyx's release today, all eyes are on VR right now.

What we do know is that it is a follow up to the Reverb, HP's expensive VR headset designed for Windows' Mixed Reality lineup.

Since Valve is working with HP on this new headset, it may be compatible with the Valve Index Controllers, which Alyx uses to let players interact with the environment in more subtle, intricate ways. For reference, a Valve Index headset by itself goes for $499, and you can pick up an Oculus Rift S with bundled-in Touch controllers for $399.

The device's page on HP's website gives some more information with its description. Or, if you'd rather see the game for yourself, RPS Vid Bud Matthew played the first two hours of it yesterday which you can view below, with additional commentary from yours truly.

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