“WalkingCat” has a protracted historical past of correct Microsoft leaks, revealing a number of the firm’s services and products previously.
In late March, simply after the discharge of Half-Life: Alyx, HP introduced Reverb G2 – a “subsequent era” headset for SteamVR being inbuilt collaboration with Valve and Microsoft. Not many particulars got on the time aside from a darkish frontal picture, and no additional particulars have been formally given since.
Brightening that picture confirmed what seemed just like the Valve Index’s near-off-ear audio system. WalkingCat’s picture appears to point out the identical.
But that official picture solely confirmed the entrance, so the facet and underside of the headset wasn’t seen.
WalkingCat’s photograph exhibits the headset having facet cameras and a knob that appears virtually similar to the Valve Index’s lens separation adjuster.
In truth, the padding on the back and front of the headset additionally appears like Index’s. Valve is a associate on this headset, so it might appear to be a good suggestion to reuse these prime quality components.
The obvious subsequent gen Windows MR controllers are proven to ditch the touchpads and alter to a extra ergonomic design, making them look strikingly just like Facebook’s Oculus Touch controllers.
This transfer would assist builders as a result of they may use their current Oculus management scheme as a substitute of needing a WMR-specific enter method.
Assuming this leak is actual and HP costs the headset competitively, this headset may very well be precisely what the PC VR market wants.
Facebook presents Rift S at $400, however its construct high quality is low, it lacks lens separation adjustment, and the inbuilt audio is low high quality. Valve’s Index presents a wider subject of view, increased refresh fee, full lens adjustment, premium audio, and controllers you may let go of- however at $1000 the package’s attraction is worth restricted.
Windows MR headsets like the present Reverb and Samsung Odyssey+ haven’t seen a lot market attraction, with your entire platform making up simply 8.5% of SteamVR in April. A core criticism has been using solely two monitoring cameras, which limits the vary of controller movement potential in video games.
The headset proven on this leak may very well be the “center floor” headset many PC VR avid gamers have been ready for- avoiding the compromises of Rift S however staying reasonably priced by not utilizing SteamVR Tracking.
As with all leaks, take these photographs with an enormous grain of salt. Even if they’re actual, they might not replicate the present state of the product. We’ll maintain a detailed eye on HP, Microsoft, and Valve within the coming weeks to carry you any official data.