Half-Life: Alyx sets new record for VR gaming on Steam

HP has just revealed this week that Microsoft and Valve will also be involved in its next-generation development of the Reverb G2 VR headset.

And since it's a "new standard" for VR headsets, the competition is also different at this point.

Quite what Microsoft and Valve's contribution to the project is has not yet been made clear, but based on the original Reverb it may be that Windows Mixed Reality is a core design principle for the G2. And, with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we suspect it might be months before we see or hear anything else from HP on this front.

With the release of Half-Life: Alyx interest in VR or Virtual Reality is back on the up and up.

While these claims sound exciting, we hope the "no-compromise" claim doesn't mean HP feels justified in releasing a VR HMD that approaches the $1,000 mark.

Microsoft, Valve, and HP are combining their efforts to produce the new next-generation virtual reality (VR) headset.

The Reverb is a Windows Mixed Reality headset. There is even a listing for it on the Steam website, but it doesn't give any insights into the actual hardware. This could result in quite the price bump over the current Reverb, putting it more in Vive Cosmos Elite or Valve Index territory than, say, the £399 / $399 Rift S. The HP Reverb headset was HP's first-generation mixed reality headset and was the highest resolution headset when compared to consumer models when it was released past year. Reviewers have been describing the game as "one of the best VR titles available" and "a stunning return for Half-Life and an essential VR purchase".



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