Getting more consumers interested in virtual reality will be quite challenging. One of the biggest hurdles is the hardware cost. Not just the HMD itself, but also the cost for a powerful VR-ready computer. Dell is looking to sway people’s minds by introducing a new VR-ready all-in-one PC. It is believed more computer manufacturers will follow this example in the coming months.
New Dell XPS AIO Is VR-Ready
Before people get their hopes up too much, a VR-ready computer is not necessarily the best at properly displaying VR environments. While the hardware under the hood can provide the juice to power a VR headset properly, it is still an entry-level computer. All-in-one PCs are hardly ever equipped with top-of-the-line hardware, due to size and price constraints.
That being said, the new Dell XPS AIO looks quite appealing. The new XPS 27 comes with a 27-inch screen and an AMD Radeon RX 570 graphics card. This GPU is more than capable of rendering VR content, although one should not expect top-notch graphics in demand games. Additionally, you will still need a VR headset, such as the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. It is not necessarily a cheap system either, as the project price is around $2,000 for the basic model.
What is rather interesting is how the display itself provides 4K resolution. This is one of the reasons why this all-in-one is rather on the expensive side of the scale. The processor is one of the newest Intel Kaby Lake ones, which should offer some graphical and computational improvements compared to the previous generation.
It is a bit unclear if the new Dell XPS 27 will be subject to a worldwide rollout, though. For the time being, the model has only been officially introduced in the United States, with no international release dates made public right now. For a VR-ready computer, the price of this machine is quite steep. Building your own desktop computer is a much cheaper option, even when including a 4K display.