Are you talking about the HP Reverb 2? That's not AR, it's a VR headset just like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Valve Index. The same goes for all of the existing "Windows Mixed Reality" headsets that have been on the market the last couple years. That branding is used by Microsoft to cover their platform for both VR and AR headsets, though currently only VR headsets are being sold to consumers. More precisely, they are referred to as "Windows Mixed Reality immersive headsets", but that's a lot to type, so it generally gets shortened to Windows Mixed Reality or WMR. They all provide "the full experience" as far as current VR headsets are concerned, though some of these headsets and controllers will offer better specifications or ergonomics than others.I am not interested in Argumented Reality (AV or some would consider Mixed Reality [MR]), I want the full experience, so that leaves the new HP device out for me.
The Reverb 2 seems to be pretty much an "Index Lite". In fact, it's made in collaboration with Valve, using Valve-designed lenses, and the same headstrap and off-ear speaker design as the Index. Based on what's been shown so far, it appears the only major thing it gives up to cut costs and improve ease of setup is the Lighthouse tracking stations, which it trades for Windows Mixed Reality's inside-out camera based tracking, though with additional cameras to improve controller tracking compared to current WMR headsets. The controllers are also not the same as what the Index has, but apparently are an improvement over the existing WMR controller design, and more like the Oculus Touch controllers.Sadly, AFAIK, Oculus is the only one who makes affordable HMDs that aren't Windows Mixed Reality. I'd love to see a Valve Index Lite with wireless, and a Index 2 with wireless. That might entice me : ).
Man I'm glad you told me before I threw away $800.00. I was going to get a pair for presents.Oculus VR headsets will soon stop supporting Oculus accounts, meaning you’ll have to use a Facebook account.
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