Tuesday in CE: The HP Omen X is an Expensive, Bulky, Awesome VR System
The whole idea of simplifying the virtual reality experience in order to ease consumers into adopting the technology is really falling on some deaf ears in the tech space. The latest example is the HP Omen X, a $2,999 piece of hardware that packs an incredible punch both to the senses as well as the wallet. That’s a good and a bad thing for VR fanatics.
Let’s start with the bad: HP’s product is super pricey and super complex. In our coverage of the VR industry, one of the biggest complaints from consumers is that it’s expensive to get into the VR market. Following closely behind that complaint is the complexity of big VR systems. Oculus, HP, and other companies are doing better in that they’ve found ways to detach the user from all sorts of cables and computer systems to create a “wireless” virtual reality system, but they’re still complex. You still need hardware capable of running the software, and all of this leads back to the high cost of entry.
When you have products like PlayStation VR that run you a couple of hundred bucks and still perform about as well as a system like the Omen X, it’s going to be a hard sell for consumers.
But there is a lot of good news with the launch of the HP Omen X. What’s impressive about the system is that, while it does have a stated purpose of being an untethered VR system, when docked, the Omen X acts as a desktop PC. It’s a nice added perk to the system for consumers in the market for a new PC, which could help make that price a little easier to swallow.
Still, I don’t know how viable these “untethered” systems are in the grand scheme the VR industry.
Burgers and Beer
Android 8.1 comes out today and fixes Google's terrible burger and beer emojis. The burger currently has the cheese at the bottom and the beer is frothing without being full https://t.co/t4ogkvI96P pic.twitter.com/qo50txprbz
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) December 5, 2017
Android 8.1 launches today, and it has all of the fixes you’ve been waiting for—including the great cheeseburger emoji solution and the disastrous floating beer suds solve.
Beyond the fun stuff, 8.1 also enables support for the Visual Core image processing chip in the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, which let’s third-party developers access the camera’s HDR+ feature.
More CE News
- Apple has was an EU trademark case against Xiaomi, preventing the company from registering a trademark for the “Mi Pad” name, arguing that it too closely resembled iPad.
- The mirrorless Fujifilm X-A3 digital camera gets reviewed.
- In the month prior to the launch of the iPhone X, Apple saw its global iPhone market share take a hit.