HP reveals ‘pro’ version of Mixed Reality Headset and powerful new Z4 Workstation


Over at Solidworks World, HP Inc has unveiled a refreshed Z4 Workstation with the power to crunch through VR-related (or other heavyweight) tasks, along with a ‘pro’ edition of the firm’s Windows Mixed Reality Headset.

The new Z4 can now be configured with Intel Core X processors – with up to 18-cores – as well as Xeon CPUs, in tandem with (up to) a pair of GPUs.

HP’s workstation is aimed at VR content creation as well as the likes of engineering and simulation-based design.

The company also revealed a new Professional Edition of the HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset, offering a pair of 1440 x 1440-resolution panels – one for each eye, as you might just have guessed – with a 90Hz refresh rate.

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It comes with bundled wireless motion controllers, and the pro version benefits from replaceable face cushions which are easy to clean, facilitating use by multiple people. You also get a double-padded headband for extra comfort.

Gwen Coble, director, Workstations, Thin Clients, Retail Solutions and Immersive Computing, at HP EMEA, commented: “The revamped Z4 workstation, along with our latest HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset and new customer-friendly VR solutions and services, will transform the way products across industries are developed.”

The refreshed Z4 Workstation will be out in Europe come March with the price starting at €1,500 (around £1,330, $1,860) for the Core X variant, with the Xeon CPU workstation starting at €2,000 (around £1,780, $2,480).

The Windows Mixed Reality HMD: Professional Edition headset will be out in April retailing at €550 (around £490, $680).

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