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‘VR Certified’ HP ENVY Phoenix Desktops Announced

At the recent Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2016 held earlier this month, virtual reality was a dominant force with Oculus VR announcing pre-orders for its head-mounted display (HMD) Oculus Rift, as well as Dell revealing Alienware and Dell “Oculus-ready” PC & Rift packages. What went under the radar was an announcement from HP that it would be releasing ‘Virtual Reality Certified’ PC’s in partnership with HTC.

As reported by Tom’s Hardware, HP will be releasing two models that support virtual reality (VR) specifications, both are HP ENVY Phoenix 860 desktops, the difference being one has a AMD GPU while the other an Nvidia GPU.

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Specifications for the AMD PC – HP ENVY Phoenix 860-170VR include:

  • CPU – Intel Core i7-6700K (Skylake) 4.0 GHz w/HP ENVY Liquid Cooling Solution
  • GPU – AMD Radeon R9 390X (8 GB)
  • RAM – 16 GB DDR4 at 2133MHz
  • Storage – 2TB 7200 rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • Optical – SuperMulti DVD Burner
  • Power Supply – 600W
  • OS Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • Priced at $1700 USD

While the specs for the Nvidia PC – HP ENVY Phoenix 860-170VX include:

  • CPU – Intel Core i7-6700K (Skylake) 4.0 GHz w/HP ENVY Liquid Cooling Solution
  • GPU – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980Ti (6 GB)
  • RAM – 24 GB DDR4 at 2133MHz
  • Storage – 2TB 7200 rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • Optical – SuperMulti DVD Burner
  • Power Supply – 500W
  • OS Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • Priced at $2000 USD

As HP has partnered with HTC on these two PC’s the specs are higher than Oculus VR’s recommended, this could indicate that the HTC Vive may need a more powerful system to run. But until the pre-orders release next month and hopefully the specs along with it, it’s still unknown what the minimum setup will be.

The two PC’s are available now to buy through HP’s site, with shipments expected to start in mid-February. VRFocus will continue to bring you the latest VR news as announcements are made.