HP Inc. announced it is collaborating with HTC to deliver a certified virtual reality (VR) ready desktop PC, the HP ENVY Phoenix, for gamers.
The new HP ENVY Phoenix powers Vive, the new VR system from HTC, that delivers a uniquely immersive VR experience with room scale tracking capabilities, combined with photosensors on the headset and controllers, to track a user’s movement within a 3D space. Together, the Vive by HTC and HP’s VR-ready Envy Phoenix provide the most immersive room scale VR solution available today.
“As virtual reality becomes the next wave of innovation for gaming, customers need a desktop PC specifically configured with quality, performance and computing power to enable the experience,” said Kevin Frost, vice president and general manager, consumer personal systems, HP Inc. “HP is excited to be working with HTC to be at the forefront of this new technology to deliver the HP ENVY Phoenix, a purpose built desktop PC to power amazing virtual gaming experiences.”
Through its collaboration with HTC, HP will deliver a gaming tower PC that addresses the key issues that impede on a great experience. By testing each configuration against Vive by HTC to optimize for VR, HP and HTC are resolving graphic cards issues to ensure the correct resolution is assigned and detected in the settings when connected to Vive by HTC and that the graphics driver recognizes the headset as a secondary display. HP is also optimizing driver performance and the power profile in order for gamers to achieve the most performance without having to adjust their power to High Performance.
“HTC and HP are collaborating to test and optimize hardware to ensure a great customer experience when using HP technology with Vive by HTC,” said Dan O’Brien, vice president, HTC.“By testing against the most intensive games on the market, HP and HTC are pushing hardware to the limits to enable constant frame rates for a smooth and glitch-free virtual gaming experiences.”
HP ENVY Phoenix is a gaming tower PC ready for virtual reality
The HP ENVY Phoenix now offers a special configuration to make it the most VR-tuned consumer desktop by HP for gamers who are at the forefront of virtual reality gaming and want a painless out-of-the-box experience.
With a 2 TB(1) hard drive, the HP ENVY Phoenix can host a massive amount of large format VR games, videos and short animations. To tackle all CPU processing needs for VR, the HP ENVY Phoenix comes with Intel® CoreTM i7 K-series processors(2) with overclocking tuned by HP. For the best VR experience, the HP ENVY Phoenix gives customers options of AMD RadeonTM R9 390x(3) or NVIDIA® GTX™ 980 Ti(3) graphics cards. Such powerful GPUs are necessary in order to minimize latency between rendering of each frame, as latency between frames is one of the key ways to maintain immersion. The powerful CPU is needed in order to make sure that all of the body tracking is done quick enough in order to allow the GPU to be fed the correct information about where to render the frame in order to match the location of user’s head.
VR is CPU intensive so to manage the heat, the HP ENVY Phoenix uses liquid cooling, an advanced thermal system, to keep it running quiet and cool. The HP ENVY Phoenix offers users customizable LED lighting tied to the CPU temperature so users can be aware of how the tower PC is running especially when it is overclocking.
For more information about Engineered by HP, visit www.HP.com/go/VR.
Pricing and Availability (4)
The HP ENVY Phoenix is expected to be available on January 16, 2016 on hp.com with a starting price at $ $1,699.99. Vive by HTC is sold separately.
- For hard drives, TB = 1 trillion bytes. Actual formatted capacity is less. Up to 35GB of hard drive is reserved for system recovery software.
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- Part of the total system memory (RAM) is used for graphics/video performance. System memory dedicated to graphics/video performance is not available for other use by other programs.
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