HP introduces a new Windows Mixed Reality VR headset

James Marshall
February 7, 2018

Today the company introduced its new Z4 workstation, which offers a number of configurations for those who need a lot of power for intensive projects. This includes its bestselling workstation, the HP Z4, to now support either Intel Xeon or Core X processors as well as supporting dual extreme graphics.

In addition to the VR Launch Kit for Unreal Engine announcement, HP has also extended its Device-as-a-Service (DaaS) offering to VR solutions. Though it could do with a somewhat shorter name, those who are looking for a high-end VR headset might want to give this one a look.

HP already has its Windows Mixed Reality headset, which resembles a cross between the Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR, but it's now adding a commercial headset into its VR lineup. It keeps the familiar dual 1440×1440 displays, 90Hz refresh rate, and the hinge style mechanism and adjusting knob. The professional edition of the headset isn't anything different from the regular variant in terms of the specs, though it includes replaceable face cushions, allowing for easier cleaning.

VR development and deployment is a time consuming and arduous process.

HP says that the new chip options are aimed at VR development, game development, education, rendering, animation, and software development. The HP Z4 workstation is available now from HP's website with prices starting at $1,499, while the Windows Mixed Reality Headset - Professional Edition will launch sometime in March at a $449 price point.

Lastly, for those companies new to VR development HP will be including two data sets for creators to play with first, a bike model (seen below) and an unbuilt Frank Lloyd Wright Trinity Chapel, which should teach them how to bring VR environments to life.

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