For consumers getting into the world of high-end virtual reality (VR) can be a costly business, especially if they don’t already own a suitably powerful PC. Now HTC in partnership with computer manufacturer HP, is trying to bring that price down with an all-in-one PC and headset deal, the Vive Ready HP Computer Bundle.
The bundle will contain a VR-ready HP ENVY 750-470na desktop PC alongside a HTC Vive head-mounted display (HMD) for £1,499 GBP – usual RRP is £1699 – allowing consumers to get set up for the world of room-scale VR.
The HP ENVY 750-470na comes with an Intel Core i5-6400 processor, 8 GB DDR4 SDRAM, 128 GB solid-state drive and 1 TB hard drive and a AMD Radeon RX 480 graphics card.
Setup will be made slightly easier as the will come with a USB drive containing all the hardware set up instructions and required software allowing for a fast and simple installation.
Normally when purchasing the HTC Vive the system comes with three free videogames: Google’s Tilt Brush, The Gallery – Episode 1: Call of the Starseed by Cloudhead Games, and Acceleroto’s Zombie Training Simulator. These will still feature in the bundle, but customers will also get theBlu: Encounter by Wevr and The Lab by Valve.
Dan O’Brien, VP of Virtual Reality at HTC said: “The Vive Ready HP Computer bundle provides a simple and affordable way for people to get their hands on Vive, without compromising on a truly immersive VR experience. We’re committed to making advanced room-scale technology accessible to as many people as possible, and our new bundle together with HP makes it easier than ever before to get started in VR.”
HTC and HP haven’t yet revealed when the bundle will be available, but for anybody interested a dedicated page can be found here where customers can signup for alerts.
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