Tech giant HP announced a major update to the Omen line of VR (virtual reality) and gaming devices with the launch of the Omen X Desktop and Omen X Compact Desktop. The new devices are updates to the Omen X VR Pack the company launched last year as a wearable machine that could provide fully rendered 3D virtual environments while letting the user walk around untethered from a desktop.
While last year?EU?s wearable model was designed for VR developers who wanted to use the hardware to test their designs, the new versions are aimed squarely at consumers. The entry-level Omen X Desktop starts at $1,569.99, and comes with a Kaby Lake version of an Intel i5 processor, along with 8 GB of RAM, a 128 SSD, and 1 TB HD, along with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 as a graphics card.
For another $1,030, you can upgrade to the top-end line, featuring the older, 6th-generation i7 processor, 32 GB of RAM, a 256 GB SDD and 2 TB HDD, and the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X Graphics card.
Although HP said that the Omen family was designed exclusively with gamers in mind, the company is not being shy about the fact that it sees the devices as VR platforms.
That is particularly true of the Omen X Compact Desktop. Although it has “desktop” in its name, it is also designed to be worn on a user?EU?s back once removed from its docking station, providing the same ability to freely explore a virtual environment without having to be wired to a stationary desktop.
The Omen X Compact is also lighter than last year?EU?s developer version, and features a new, more efficient cooling system to help prevent both the processor and a user’s back from overheating, according to the…