The HP Reverb G2 is surprisingly similar to the Valve Index VR headset, and now it’s going cheap from HP’s US web store. The headset, with a suggested retail price of $599 in the US, is now going for $399, which is $200 off according to my abacus.
So is the Reverb G2 worth getting? I’d definitely recommend it, as it’s now less than half the price of the $999 Valve Index – our best VR headset overall – while offering the same general features. The G2 has a higher resolution and offers greater clarity, while the Index has a wider field of view and a higher refresh rate. The Index finger tracking with the Knuckles controllers offers some unique capabilities in some games, but the G2 controllers are just as comfortable to use and require no base stations for tracking.
So other than the more involved tracking and enthusiast controllers, what else explains the huge price gap? Well, the Index has a more advanced adjustment mechanism, making it quicker and easier to get in and out of the headset. The G2’s straps are a bit trickier, but once you get to the comfort level, it’s pretty much the same.
So if you’re looking for a cheap VR headset and don’t want the more mobile-focused and Facebook-adjacent Quest 2, this is a great deal. Check out some reviews to make sure this is the one for you.