Virtual Reality-Enabled Windows 10 Devices on Display at CES 2017
Microsoft's hardware partners hit Consumer Electronics Show floor with new systems capable of delivering virtual reality experiences in Windows 10.Microsoft's hardware partners are gathering at this week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to demonstrate how they are developing the Windows device ecosystem well beyond its beige PC box roots. Acer, for example, announced its new Aspire GX series of desktop PCs capable of producing immersive virtual reality (VR) experiences. Powered by seventh-generation "Kaby Lake" Intel Core processors, the Windows 10 systems can be outfitted with up to 64GB of memory and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card. For VR on the go, Acer has upgraded its Predator 17 X notebook with an Intel Core i7-7820HK processor and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPU featuring 8GB of video RAM. Its touchpad supports Windows 10 gestures and it contains audio communications hardware that is certified to run Skype for Business. Acer also took the wraps off its high-end Predator 21 X laptop. Carrying a price tag of nearly $9,000 when it goes on sale next month, the massive gaming laptop houses an Intel Core i7-7820HK processor, a curved 21-inch display, dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPUs in an Scalable Link Interface configuration and a mechanical keyboard. For added exclusivity, Acer is offering buyers a custom, laser-engraved maintenance panel.
Lenovo has a new VR-capable laptop of its own, the Legion Y720. This system introduces a number of firsts for a laptop, including an integrated receiver for Microsoft's Xbox Wireless Controller. The Y720 is also the first Windows-based Dolby Atmos PC, an audio-enhancing technology that will be enabled when the Windows 10 Creators Update arrives this year.