For Black Friday, HP just dropped the price of its HP Reverb G2 headset to just $299, a massive $300 price drop from its original MSRP of $599. It’s now $100 cheaper than the base model Meta Quest 2 and is now the VR headset to get for small budgets. The HP Reverb G2 is also well known for being one of the best headsets you can get right now for sims like racing games and Microsoft Flight Simulator.
HP Reverb G2 VR Headset for $299
The HP Reverb G2 is a phenomenal VR headset for VR simulations like racing games and Microsoft Flight Simulator due to its superior display. It’s definitely a more recommended headset for this use than the Quest Pro, even when it was listed at a higher price. The Quest’s biggest acclaim is indie, standalone play, and that’s something no other VR headset can emulate. But if you don’t care about the untethered look, the G2 is a superior headset to the Quest in many ways, and not just price.
HP Reverb G2 has the best display
There are several reasons why the HP Reverb G2 normally costs more than a Quest 2, but the screen is probably the biggest. The G2 has two separate LCD panels, one for each eye, with a resolution of 2160×2160 pixels per panel. In contrast, the Quest 2 uses a single fast-switching LCD panel with a resolution of 1832×1920 per eye. That’s about 30% more pixels in favor of the G2. The HP Reverb G2 also features a smooth, manual IPD adjustment from 60mm to 68mm. Since the Quest 2 uses a single LCD screen, there are only three fixed IPD settings (58mm, 63mm, and 68mm). If you’re playing games that rely more on visual fidelity than intense arm movement, the G2 is the winner.
HP Reverb G2 has the best headband
The G2 has a comfortable padded headband that does a good job of offsetting the weight of the front visor; it is well balanced and prevents neck fatigue. The Quest 2, on the other hand, includes a simple out-of-the-box headband that makes the visor very front-heavy (especially since it also has a battery). You will have to shell out $60 to get the Elite Headband.
HP Reverb G2 has the best sound
The G2 also wins on the audio front. Similar to the Valve Index, the G2 has a pair of headphones that sit a small distance from your ears. This preserves your ambient hearing and prevents your headphones from getting soaked in your sweat. The Quest 2 does not have headphones or headphones out of the box. Instead, it has a speaker in the visor that emits a shrill, metallic sound. There’s a headphone jack which I highly recommend you take advantage of (external headphones cost extra, of course).
Oculus Quest 2 has the best tracking
Tracking Loyalty is where Quest 2 wins. The G2 uses WMR-based upside-down tracking using a total of four cameras to track your controller’s movement. Tracking is decent, but can’t compare to the Quest 2, which has exceptional tracking despite also using an upside-down system. The G2’s tracking improved when HP refreshed the hardware in 2021, but the Quest 2 still wins in this regard. But if tracking sensitivity is paramount, like the Beat Saber, then the Quest 2 might be a better choice for you.
HP Reverb G2 review
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