HP's Envy Phoenix gaming desktop will help HTC's new VR headset
If the occasions of the previous yr have confirmed something, it is that VR goes to be an enormous, massive deal. HP definitely will get it, and that is why it inked a curious partnership with HTC — they of the brand new, improved Vive headset — to construct a excessive-finish machine referred to as the Envy Phoenix meant particularly for digital actuality gaming. And hey, it is just a little cheaper than one may anticipate too: we’re advised costs will begin at $1,seven hundred when the Phoenix formally launches on January sixteenth.
Dana Wollman contributed to this report.
You’ll tweak the configuration earlier than whipping out your bank card, nevertheless it looks like the Phoenix will ship with a 2TB exhausting drive and an Intel Core i7 Okay-collection processor. There is a strong GPU choice out there it doesn’t matter what firm you pledge allegiance to, too — AMD Radeon R9 390x or NVIDIA’s GTX 980 Ti are confirmed graphics card decisions. In fact, it isn’t simply the elements that make a PC a critical VR machine. HP says it is ironing out graphics playing cards points that would trigger hiccups for the Vive’s face-mounted screens and ensuring these semi-actual worlds present up within the right decision. Throw in a liquid cooling system and a few candy LEDs to watch the tower’s temperature and you have got the Envy Phoenix in a nutshell.
If that looks like a reasonably nicely-thought-out strategy, properly, we might agree with you. Actually, the one factor you aren’t getting with the Envy Phoenix is the Vive itself — we nonetheless do not understand how a lot it’s going to value or when it’s going to launch, however you have to decide one up individually. For what it is value, HTC has the straightforward a part of this association — HP builds a pc tailored to play good with Vive, and the beleaguered Taiwanese firm will get one other shot a life past the smartphone.