HP Reveals New VR Headset in Collaboration with Microsoft and Valve

Published: Monday, March 23, 2020 - 17:18 | By: Mostafa Hossam
A next-gen virtual reality headset in the making.

Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality lineup in 2019 featured the $599 Reverb VR headset, promoted for its high resolution and inside-out tracking. Earlier today, HP announced they are collaborating their efforts with Valve and Microsoft to produce the next-generation of virtual reality headsets.

Although the announcement is pretty light, featuring only a brief description and a short teaser. The Reverb VR isn't alone in the Windows Mixed Reality lineup, as it boasts the Samsung HMD Odyssey+ headset as well. Both of them were relatively criticized for their mediocre performance and controller design. Hopefully, the partnership with Valve addresses the controllers' design shortcomings.

 
 

The next generation HP Virtual Reality HMD–developed in collaboration with Valve and Microsoft–delivers an immersive, comfortable and compatible VR experience. It’s the new standard in VR.

The few seconds we got to see a glimpse of the headset itself indicates it will feature the two black spots used for Windows Mixed Reality's inside tracking technology. That's all the only feature we can guess for now till the studio decides to share further information on what each member contributes to the headset's design.

As of the time of writing, there is very little detail on its pricing, its release window, specifications, or its features. However, HP released this short 14-seconds teaser showcasing a glimpse of the dark headset with the modern Hewlett-Packard logo in the top middle, ending with "no compromises" as its slogan. We will make sure to update you whenever further information is available.

What do you think of HP partnering with Valve and Microsoft to produce the next generation of virtual reality headsets? Do you think it is for the better of the virtual reality gaming industry for established studios to collaborate on producing one powerful headset and eliminate the common issues? Let us know your thoughts and predicted pricing in the comments section below.


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