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07 February 2019 09:30

HP's 'Copper' high-res VR headset is sharper than HTC Vive Pro

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HP has a new mixed reality headset that it's internally calling "Copper" on the way, and it has a higher resolution than any headset currently on the market. This incredibly high resolution makes things so clear that Road To VR who got to check out the headset claimed to barely notice VR's infamous 'screen door effect', a sort of micro-pixellation that results from the user's eyes being so close to the display. The super high resolution isn't all that Copper has going for it as HP also designed the new headset with comfort in mind, making it as lightweight and ergonomic as possible. According to HP, the feedback it received centered on providing a new headset with far higher resolution, enabling users to see fine details and work better with items that may be smaller, or further away in the digital space. This is an all-inclusive mixed reality headset that's comfortable and boasts a resolution so high that most users should have no problem using it for all sorts of work, along with more casual use cases.

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The obvious implication here is that the time may finally be ripe for the VR desktop to go mainstream, at least in the enterprise markets that currently use VR and mixed reality headsets in some capacity. HP has a VR headset on the horizon with a design that reportedly emphasizes comfort, has a high resolution, and utilizes the Windows Mixed Reality platform. According to a report by Road to VR, HP's comfortable VR headset seems to be described as such because of its apparent lightness and ease of use, though the actual weight of the headset was not been released by HP. Appearance-wise, Road to VR noted that the headset felt and looked very similar to an Oculus Rift. Code-named "Copper", HP's VR headset also boasts an uncommonly high resolution with displays that feature 2,160 x 2,160 pixels per eye.

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While, as The Verge notes, this resolution is not the highest resolution available by current VR headsets, it still seems vastly better than the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Samsung Odyssey Plus headsets. Road to VR also mentioned they had the opportunity to experience and compare both the Odyssey Plus and the HP Copper headset during their exclusive look and admitted that the "Copper's clarity blew it [the Odyssey Plus] away," which is unsurprising considering the Odyssey Plus only has 1,440 x 1,600 pixels per eye. In addition, the Copper headset is expected to run on the Windows Mixed Reality platform and includes the following features: RGB stripe displays, Fresnel lenses, and velcro side straps. According to Road to VR, a 2019 launch still seems likely and said that the headset he previewed "looked and felt nearly market-ready." Microsoft showed off the first consumer Windows Mixed Reality head-mounted displays (HMDs) from partners such as Acer, Dell, HP, and Lenovo back in October 2017 at an event in San Francisco. While not much in the way of a refresh to many of these devices happened, Samsung launched its second-generation HMD, the Odyssey+ in October 2018, with improvements to specifications and the design of the device.

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Soon, another new headset may be on the way, as HP is also readying it next-generation HMD, as per the folks at RoadtoVR who got an exclusive preview of the unannounced Windows Mixed Reality headset, codenamed 'Copper'. The device now sports an Oculus Rift-like design with the head straps going through the sides and above the head, meeting at a circular structure at the back. As for specs, the next-generation device will offer a 2160X2160 resolution display per eye, making it the most pixel-dense display in a Mixed Reality Headset yet. In comparison, Samsung's new Odyssey+ sports a 1440X1600 resolution display per eye. HP states that the improvements to the HMD came from its Enterprise customers and that the customers didn't consider the field of view a large area of concern as much as the resolution and comfort.

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If you're looking to get into VR gaming, you're probably torn between the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and the higher end (and pricier) Vive Pro, the three best VR headsets for all practical purposes. Those are all good options, though HP is building a mixed reality headset with a higher resolution than all three. It reportedly boasts a 2160 x 2160 resolution per eye, putting it at the top of its class in the mixed reality space. And while the Odyssey+ uses a diffuser on the screen (which sacrifices some sharpness in an effort to hide the screen door effect), Copper hardly has a need for a diffuser as the pixel dense RGB-stripe displays make the screen door effect vanishingly apparent," Road to VR noted. That's the other important distinction—Copper is a Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) headset, which means it conforms to certain design standards and features inside-out tracking.

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HTC made waves last year when it released the high-powered HTC Vive Pro headset, but now HP could be firing back with an even higher-resolution headset of its own, which is codenamed Copper. In terms of specs, Copper will have dual 2,160 × 2,160 displays (one per eye), which is much higher than the HTC Vive Pro's 1440 x 1600 pixels-per-eye display. Just as important as the improved resolution, Road to VR reports that HP will ditch the 'halo'-style strap that its previous headset used and opt instead for Oculus Rift-style velcro straps that will run along the sides and top of the headset. Like HP's previous VR headset, Copper will run on the Windows Mixed Reality platform and will primarily focus on prosumer and enterprise applications. But according to HP, Copper will be available for anyone to buy, allowing everyone to partake in the higher-resolution headset.

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Unfortunately neither HP nor Road to VR could confirm Copper's final price, but it's likely that it will come in just slightly above the $499 (around £385, AU$700) mark that HP currently charges for its Mixed Reality Headset from last year. It looks like we can expect a new headset from HP. The company is working on a new "VR headset", according to Road to VR, which published a preview of yet-to-be-announced device. It's apparently based on Microsoft's Window Mixed Reality (WMR) platform. HP's new Copper VR headset will be primarily for businesses use, but it'll reportedly be made available to consumers, too. HP's hope with the Copper VR headset is that it'll improve over HP's previous design in terms of both comfort and performance. To improve performance, the device has an upped resolution of 2160 x 2160 pixels per eye, a huge boost over HP's original WMR headset. HP has therefore included straps on Copper that go around and over a user's head, and it made the headset much lighter, according to Road to VR, which didn't provide a weight.