Hewlett-Packard introduced its new OMEN gaming PC lineup last year, and now its receiving a number of updates for those that like Intel Core i7 and AMD Ryzen power along with GeForce GTX 10-Series and Radeon RX graphics. The company has launched a big 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.
Omen X VR Pack is a wearable machine that could provide fully rendered 3D virtual environments while letting the user walk around untethered from a desktop. The VR Backpack PC accessory for the OMEN X that allows you to take your high-powered gaming PC mobile, this especially comes in handy for “untethered” VR experiences using devices like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. The OMEN X supports hot-swappable batteries so that you can keep gaming for an extended period of time, and four batteries are included right of the bat with the backpack accessory.
While last year’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.
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.