HP teams with HTC Vive for their new ‘VR Certified’ Envy Phoenix PCs

HP has announced “Virtual Reality Certified” systems, partnering up with HTC instead of Oculus. HP offering two PCs, one with an AMD Radeon GPU, while the other one an NVIDIA GeForce GPU, with both models based on HP Envy Phoenix 860 desktop. The Envy Phoenix is HP’s top-of-the-range desktop, released in mid-2015 but has been upgraded to Intel’s new Skylake processors.

HP Envy Phoenix 860

HP’s high-end 860 model VR-ready gaming PC comes with customizable LED lighting that runs down the middle of the front of the system, and it looks stunning. The 860 also sports liquid cooling for the CPU, and Bang & Olufsen-tuned audio.HP Envy Phoenix 860 1


Price wise, the R9 390X-powered HP Envy Phoenix 860 arrives at $1700, while the GTX 980 Ti-powered system is $300 more, at $2000.HP Envy Phoenix 860 2


ModelHP ENVY Phoenix 860-170VRHP ENVY Phoenix 860-170VX
CPUIntel Core i7-6700K (Skylake) 4.0 GHz w/HP ENVY Liquid Cooling SolutionIntel Core i7-6700K (Skylake) 4.0 GHz w/HP ENVY Liquid Cooling Solution
GPUAMD Radeon R9 390X (8 GB)GeForce GTX 980Ti (6 GB)
RAM16 GB DDR4 at 2133MHz24 GB DDR4 at 2133MHz
Storage2TB 7200 rpm SATA Hard Drive2TB 7200 rpm SATA Hard Drive
OpticalSuperMulti DVD Burner SuperMulti DVD BurnerSuperMulti DVD Burner SuperMulti DVD Burner
Wireless NetworkingHP Wireless 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 1×1 with BluetoothHP Wireless 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 1×1 with Bluetooth
Power Supply600 W500 W
OSWindows 10 Home 64-bitWindows 10 Home 64-bit