07 February 2018
HP has revamped its Z4 performance workstation by powering it with Intel Xeon and Core X processors. The revamped workstation also supports dual extreme graphics. This means the new Z4 can now be configured with Intel core X processors, with up to 18 cores as well as Xeon CPUs. The workstation has been refreshed so as to accommodate the VR-related tasks, for instance, VR content creation. HP says that it’s ideal for the engineering, simulation, rendering, and virtual reality.
Along with this, HP at Solidworks World also revealed a new Professional Edition of the HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset, offering a pair of 1440x1440-resolution panels with up to a 90Hz refresh rate. The headset comes with wireless motion controllers. It uses a double-padded headband and has face cushions too.
Along with this two new hardware, HP also unveiled its VR launch kit for Unreal Engine. This is specifically designed to accelerate VR development and optimize VR deployment for High-fidelity use-cases. It lets the users to quickly determine optimal computer configurations. The suite of tools is developed for businesses by HP and Epic Games.
HP has also extended its Devices as a Service (DaaS) offering to VR solutions. It’s now extending to VR solutions. HP DaaS will help the companies manage their multi-OS and multi-device environments combining predictive analytics and security management for a fixed price per device.
The refreshed Z4 Workstation is priced 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). It's now available and will be out in Europe coming March.
The Windows Mixed Reality HMD: Professional Edition headset will be out in April retailing at €550 (around £490, $680).