HP Reverb G2 V2 Review compared to HP Reverb G2 V1. For 2022 HP launches its HP Reverb G2 V2 with some tweaks designed to improve field-of-view and controller coverage, better tracking, new face gasket, and a new cable and more. The original Reverb G2 received an overall high four-star rating, as well as a Windows Central Recommended Award. Developed in collaboration with Valve and Microsoft, the changes are welcome to the Virtual Reality (VR) and Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) world, and is a good indicator HP is continuing to innovate in this arena.
The increased resolution means that it will require some robust modern PC hardware, however, HP considered the PC market to afford VR for more people by incorporating 2 Modes (Full Resolution and Half Resolution).
To run at full resolution, optimal results are going to come from the best graphics card options available now. However, HP says Graphics wise, you can go as low as NVIDIA’s GTX 1080 or AMD’s RX 5700 on the consumer side, and NVIDIA® Quadro® P5200 or AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 8200 on the workstation side. 8GB of RAM should be considered the minimum.
Processor wise, HP recommends the Intel® Core™ i5, i7, Intel® Xeon® E3-1240 v5, equivalent or better or AMD Ryzen 5 equivalent or better.
Operating System wise, HP recommends minimum Windows 10 with the May 2019 update or later.
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More AMD Compatibility
The original Reverb G2 had some compatibility issues with AMD hardware. The AMD issues were made known by consumers throughout various channels publicly and HP says their goal was to increase compatibility to one of the top preferred Gamers CPU manufacturers. HP has been building AMD PC systems for some time now, hence the original compatibility issues were sort of mind boggling.
According to HP, the updated Reverb G2 V2 includes a new cable for “increased compatibility with AMD systems, resolving connection issues.”
Build Quality and Comparison
The original HP Reverb G2 was a quality build and nothing has changed there. Version 2 remains a quality built headset. In terms of comfort, nothing has changed and the G2 V2 is still a very comfortable VR headset. When compared to the well built Valve Index, the HP Reverb G2 V2 is actually lighter. Compared to the Meta Quest 2, we find the HP Reverb G2 V2 more comfortable. The head strap balances out the feeling of front heaviness. Instead of an adjustment knob (which made for odd issues when leaning back too far) on the exterior, the HP Reverb G2 V2 incorporates Velcro straps for optimal head size adjustments.
Actual Mechanical Interpupillary Distance (IPD) Adjustments
Interpupillary Distance (IPD) is the distance between the centers of your eyes (the distance between your pupils). With the ease of a simple adjustment (sliding type of button on the bottom right known as Mechanical IPD Adjustment) this distance can be adjusted. However, unlike some models that simply adjust the lenses only, the HP Reverb G2 V2 adjusts both display screens as well. For example, the Quest 2 has only one display and merely the lenses themselves can be adjusted. The Reverb G2 V2 incorporates 4 cameras (2 front and 2 side) for tracking, hence IPD adjustments help find the visual sweet spot needed for optimal visuals.
New Eye Relief Option
As for eye-relief (the distance to the lenses from your eyes front to back, versus IPD side to side), the updated Reverb G2 includes a new facepad with a removable spacer. Eye relief distance can be different for a lot of people, hence this is an important feature. With the spacer attached, the eye-relief is set to approximately 15mm (same as the original Reverb G2), but when removed the eye-relief is reduced to about 9mm, which helps more users achieve their maximum field of view for the sharpest possible “sweet spot”. This problem was also noted publicly in regards to the G2 Version 1. For the techie people, in testing we got VFOV: 90% and HFOV: 98% (which is a bit more than the meta quest 2 for example), which is great considering the price point of the HP Reverb G2 V2 in comparison to something more expensive like the Pimax 8K X. Some users will get better results on the G2 V2 due to all of the eye adjustments possible.
Controller size and ergonomics have been improved, and simply put, these controllers are just more comfortable to hold. The grip button is carefully positioned well beneath your middle finger, and the trigger is intuitively placed. The joystick can be easily reached by the thumb, as well as the primary and menu buttons. The controllers are an exact mirror of each other which makes it easier to operate things with your non strong hand. They use two AA batteries for power and the fastening straps are quite sturdy. We did notice that the rumble function was not as powerful as we were hoping. We suppose this is more of a limitation imposed by considering a larger market share and even possibly reducing legal liabilities. When playing games, the rumble level was still noticeable and enjoyable.
While we were pretty satisfied with the G2 tracking capabilities, we did hope for a tiny bit of improvement here. Everything still responds quickly and accurately to your actual body movement. Horizontal tracking remains pretty much perfect (due to the cameras), where vertically suffers just a bit when your hands a very far down. It was easy to get back to proper tracking by getting back into the field of view. We are guessing that a firmware or software release will be able to fix this easy enough. The motion algorithms really are pretty robust in knowing where your hands are at all times while in field of view. The majority of people will not notice an issue whatsoever. We are just being a little more critical considering the tech audience.
HP Reverb G2 V2 Review Conclusion
We think that anyone who wants an outstanding visual experience will enjoy the HP Reverb G2 V2. Those considering their budget while getting maximum performance will opt for this model. We can say without a doubt that we can envision this unit is a great option for those that need this professionally (VR/AR) and VR gaming. Microsoft has made some advancements to Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) in Windows 11 where virtual environments are much more streamlined.
Bottom line: The HP Reverb G2 V2 improves on what is already a great VR headset and is worth the purchase. Shop for more VR/AR devices at Meta Glasses Store.