HP shows off virtual reality kit for professional devs

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For instance, when paired with one of those beefy PCs, you'll have a 100-degree field-of-view, though HP doesn't say what the FOV will be when the headset is connected to a standard Mixed Reality PC.

The new models of the Z4 Workstation are available now, and they start at $1,499. Options include an nearly ridiculous range of Intel Xeon, Core i9, and Core i7 processors, along with up to 256GB of RAM and graphics ranging from NVIDIA Quadro P400 and AMD FirePro W2100 all the way up to the Quadro P6000 and Radeon Pro WX 9100. It also comes with up to two extreme graphics GPUs, including AMD Radeon Pro WX 9100 or Nvidia Quaddro P5000, both of which come with 16GB of memory.

The Professional Edition headset is part of HP's new Device as a Service for VR offering, meant to bring Windows Mixed reality to the workspace.

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The Professional Edition headset features a 1,440 x 1,440 resolution per eye and up to a 90Hz refresh rate. The only real difference is the addition of replaceable, and cleanable, face cushions.

The chip is cheaper than the Xeon processors normally found in Z4 workstations but that should make it more accessible to developers and companies looking to dip their toes into VR without splashing too much cash on the still-niche tech area. That's not all the company has to offer on the VR side of things, announcing a collaboration with Unreal Engine on the creation of a VR Launch Kit for Unreal Engine. It aims to streamline VR development by enabling users to "quickly determine optimal computer configurations, save days in VR preparation with Datasmith, and turnkey common interactions".

Finally, the company also launched Device as a Service for VR. It'll run you $449 when it launches in March, and it'll come with HP's Mixed Reality controllers.

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