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Published: September 01, 2017

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What might entice a gamer away from the siren call of the screen and comfort of the couch? A gaming conference tops the list, with a chance to connect with other gamers, test drive the latest technology and meet esport heroes. 

This weekend, up to 80,000 gamers are set to descend on the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle for PAX West, one of the largest gaming conferences in the U.S. At the convention, gamers from around the world have the opportunity to check out the HP OMEN gaming lineup, including the latest additions to the family.

 

“The OMEN team is excited to bring the full OMEN family to the celebration of all things gaming that is PAX West,” said Spike Huang, director of product management for gaming and virtual reality at HP. “Attendees will be able to compete for Real Life Loot Boxes while playing on OMEN X, plus try out the brand-new HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset—our very first headset in partnership with Microsoft.”

OMEN_Arcade_Logo_bg_v1_sml.jpgThe OMEN Arcade inside the OMEN by HP booth invites esport athletes to try out HP OMEN X desktop PCs as they compete in a 3v3 Overwatch tournament—a celebration of the eagerly awaited Overwatch World Cup, of which OMEN by HP is an official sponsor. Guests play for cool OMEN and Overwatch swag and a chance to win Real Life Loot Boxes. The OMEN by HP booth also features a product showcase of the entire HP OMEN family, where visitors can test drive the new OMEN X Laptop. An additional 32 OMEN stations are available for free play in the main stage area.

During PAX West, Microsoft and HP will unveil a consumer version of the HP Windows Mixed Reality Developer Edition Headsetwhich was announced earlier this year.

Designed with gamers top-of-mind, this plug-and-play headset with controllers delivers a stunning and immersive mixed reality experience thanks to 1440 x 1440 resolution per eye, up to a 90Hz refresh rate (all performance specifications represent the typical specifications provided by HP's component manufacturers; actual performance may vary either higher or lower), and wireless motion controllers. Plus, an incredibly comfortable double-padded band and easy adjustments means gamers can play for hours.

Expected to be available in the U.S. on Tuesday, October 17, the headset will retail at HP.com for $449.99; this price includes the headset, two motion controllers and 4 AA batteries. It can also be purchased at Best Buy and through Microsoft, and retailer pricing may vary by location. Pricing is subject to change without notice.  

Find out more by following @OMENbyHP and the hashtags #DominatewithOMEN and #OMENCHALLENGE.

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Published: November 02, 2017

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In anticipation of an action-packed BlizzCon 2017, HP is excited to announce a multiyear sponsorship of Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch League. This means that OMEN by HP PCs and displays will be used exclusively for Overwatch League games, and the OMEN PCs being used will all be powered by Intel, the official CPU sponsor of the Overwatch League, who will equip all competition PCs with Intel® Core™ i7 processors. You’ll be able to check out the world’s best players battling on OMEN hardware when preseason play begins on December 6th, and again when regular-season play begins on January 10th, 2018. The Overwatch League will be the first major global city-based esports league, with 12 inaugural-season teams across Asia, Europe, and North America.

 

Working with Blizzard Entertainment as a global technology partner of the Overwatch League is the perfect way to celebrate esports talent and showcase our hardware within the competitive gaming arena,” said Alex Craddock, global head of marketing, personal systems at HP. “OMEN hardware has been widely adopted by many of the world’s top esports professionals, and we’re thrilled to help power the gameplay for the Overwatch League.”

 

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This sentiment was echoed in a statement by Pete Vlastelica, president & CEO of Blizzard Entertainment’s Major League Gaming division, who said, “We’re thrilled to be joining forces with HP and Intel to ensure that the teams competing professionally in Overwatch are equipped with top-end technology. Multiyear collaborations such as this illustrate the momentum behind the Overwatch League as well as a long-term commitment by us and our partners in what we see as the future of esports.”

 

Back in June we also teamed up with Blizzard Entertainment to become the official PC of the Overwatch World Cup. This latest partnership further affirms our support of this stellar game, esports, and gaming enthusiasts around the world.

 

It was during this partnership that Pete Vlastelica said, “In addition to being a showcase for some of the top players in the world, the Overwatch World Cup represents the global spirit at the heart of Overwatch. We’re pleased to have HP’s help in supporting this friendly—and fierce—international competition.

 

With BlizzCon starting tomorrow, the OMEN by HP team would like to invite everyone to stop by the OMEN Arcade and sign up to participate in wild 3v3 action as attendees team up with their friends for a chance to win a real-life loot box stuffed with OMEN hardware and Overwatch surprises. To top it off, matches will be shoutcasted by Dogman and Seamoose, to give all our competitors the full esports athlete experience.

 

While at our booth, visitors can also strike an Overwatch victory pose at a green screen that places them on the front of the Overwatch World Cup steps. After, the photo can be immortalized in physical form courtesy of our HP Inkjet printers. To take it a step further, we’ll also have cosplayers Kara Corvus and Spoon Makes touring the show floor with HP Sprockets for some on-the-spot printed photos and social-media ops.

 

OMEN Arcade.jpgIn addition to the features above, the Arcade will contain a showcase packed with OMEN by HP products and accessories for gamers’ viewing and testing pleasure—some of which will be discounted for those looking to upgrade their hardware via handouts and social activations.

 

As if sponsorships, arcades, a loot box, and cosplay weren’t enough, OMEN by HP will also be participating in the NVIDIA Emissary Quest, a scavenger hunt themed after Blizzard’s World of Warcraft. Attendees are invited to stop by NVIDIA-powered booths to complete certain objectives, and those who participate in the Emissary Quest are invited to come experience demos of our OMEN X 35 NVIDIA G-sync display.

 

BlizzCon is the deciding arena for the aforementioned Overwatch World Cup finals, where OMEN by HP will be powering every minute of gameplay during the live competitions all weekend long. Eight nations remain, but only one will be crowned victorious!

Find out more and follow the action unfold live at BlizzCon 2017 with @OMENbyHP and the hashtag #DominateTheGame

Published: October 31, 2017

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With an incredible TwitchCon 2017 having wrapped up, we look back on an experience that enabled us to connect with fellow gamers, streamers, and esports athletes alike. Since day one, it has been a goal for us on the OMEN by HP team to share our love of gaming with the rest of the world and to celebrate this passion as being something that unites EVERYONE.

 

Bringing The OMEN Challenge to TwitchCon through a 40 streamer duo team PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds) fight to the death was just another example of this passion. This was our most ambitious OMEN Challenge yet, and if you weren’t there, we’d love for you to relive the VOD of the event on our Twitch Channel. If you plan on watching and don’t know the outcome (SPOILERS), stop reading because we reveal the winners, but don’t forget to come back to see all the other OMEN goodness.DSC_3344%20(1)_preview_jpeg.jpg

 

It was an absolute blast to watch the hilarity and carnage unfold, but in the end it was Tommy of 2AngryGamers and Stodeh who emerged as our winners.

 

PUBG creator Brendan Greene echoed this enthusiasm in his interview with IGN’s Destin Legarie where he stated, “This is a great spectacle. This OMEN Challenge is fantastic. I wasn’t expecting it to be such a great arena, but that’s what I wanted for a battle royale eSport, was this kind of spectacle.” We share your vision Brendan and are ecstatic so many people loved the arena and event we put together. It won’t be the last one!

 Mobalytics x OMEN.PNGSpeaking of expectations, something many gamers have asked about are ways to get an edge with improving their personal performance. In teaming up with Mobalytics we’re holding true to this mission. Mobalytics uses Riot’s API to calculate your in-game performance in order to provide you with statistically generated advice on ways you can improve your play in League of Legends.

 

Mobalytics CEO and Co-Founder Bogdan Sychyk said it best when letting the world know that they, “are on a mission to build the ultimate analytics platform for competitive gamers, one which gives dynamic and meaningful insights on individual performance and allows game players everywhere to excel and improve.

 

Being a part of the journey that competitive gamers experience is something we care about deeply and our commitment toward helping gamers excel will always be at the forefront of our minds here at HP.

 

We couldn’t be happier to be part of their Open Beta and invite you to join in.


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Lastly, we’d like you to join us for the OMEN Arcade at the Anaheim Convention Center for BlizzCon 2017, Nov 3-4. In celebrating Overwatch and everyone who plays it, get ready to pair up with two of your friends in a 3v3 tournament - complete with shoutcasters and a stage - as you attempt to win a real life lootbox filled with legit OMEN hardware and Overwatch swag.

 

When visiting the OMEN Arcade, feel free to test our products, strike a victory pose at the green screen, and ask us any questions that come to mind. Also, keep an eye out for a certain Overwatch cosplayer touring the floor for some on-the-spot photo opportunities - complete with a print you can take home.

 

While you’re at the show, don’t miss out on the Overwatch World Cup finals. HP is an Official PC Partner of Blizzard Entertainment for this event and our OMEN X desktop will be powering all of the gameplay for the tournament. Just to tantalize you a bit more, look for another major announcement from us next week while we’re at BlizzCon 2017.

 

Find out more by following @OMENbyHP and the hashtag #DominateTheGame

Published: July 25, 2017

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Let’s face it, while making compromises might build good moral fiber, it’s usually not much fun. Thankfully, the new HP Pavilion All-In-Ones makes having it all seem easy. How? HP has added a slew of its premium product features into the new Pavilion lineup.Moscato_R_Hero_FrontLeft_KBMouse.jpg

Today, the company announced a pair of revamped Pavilion All-in-One (AiO) devices just in time for the back-to-school spree. Pitched as the magnet that draws the family together, the new devices have perks for parents and kids as do-all, no-compromise PCs. Parents can listen to music, get news, pull up recipes, pay bills, and watch favorite shows. Kids can do homework, create videos and edit and share photos. Family movie night becomes an immersive entertainment experience on the Pavilion AiO. 

“We listened to our customers when redesigning the HP Pavilion All-in-One to ensure we’re bringing features consumers crave, making it the perfect overall family PC,” said Kevin Frost, vice president and general manager, Consumer Personal Systems, Displays & Accessories at HP. “It’s a powerful desktop that can handle whatever a family wants to do—connect, work, create, or consume—while the architecturally-inspired design packs style and personality to make it a home-enhancing investment.”

 

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Just-right 24” or 27” edge-to-edge full HD, in-plane switching (IPS) screens serve up crisp text, sharp images, and vibrant photos. A fabric overlay on the speakers, and audio custom-tuned by B&O Play provide more acoustic transparency for a richer, clearer, immersive sound. And staying closely connected has never been so simple or fun. Post, chat, like, stream and share—across the globe or down the hall.

You can finally remove that unsightly tape or sticky note from your webcamnow, there’s a better way. Returning to this generation of All-in-Ones is HP’s privacy cameras, a must-have feature for the many customers who cite privacy as an important concern, especially with kids in the house. HP included a webcam that safely tucks out of sight when not in use. An optional infrared camera adds another layer of security with face authentication through Windows Hello.  Privacy camera stows away when not in use.Privacy camera stows away when not in use.

The latest 7th generation Intel Core processor delivers an exceptional level of performance for working, surfing, streaming or creating. Along with the versatility of the Pavilion line, AiO displays are built to last—the die-cast aluminum and metal stand includes a hinge tilt that is tested for the equivalent of three times a day for nine years. It’s not only stylish, but also durable.

And that tilt range goes from -5 degrees to +35 degrees, so it’s easy to find the perfect, neck-friendly view. Expansive touchscreens are a more natural way to interact with your PC, and a more engaging way for kids to learn and connect. Plus, it’s easy to share with HDMI input/output that enables you to add a second monitor or project to your TV.

At only 8.5 mm—approximately 40 percent thinner than the previous generation—this is the slimmest Pavilion All-in-one to date.At only 8.5 mm—approximately 40 percent thinner than the previous generation—this is the slimmest Pavilion All-in-one to date.Talking about multitasking, not only does the Pavilion AiO work hard as the home’s communications and entertainment center, it looks fantastic doing it. At only 8.5mm—approximately 40 percent thinner than the previous generation—this is the slimmest Pavilion All-in-one to date. All the hardware is packed in the bottom, making the display ultra-thin. Although the profile and strategically placed ports keep desks neat, the modern, clean design and fabric accents make it look great in any room of the house.

 

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AAA_9294-5-24.jpgGot a casual gamer or budding video creator in the house? Optional AMD Radeon 530 Discrete Graphics and up to 16 GB of memory supply the performance and faster response rate for graphics-intensive activities such as  gaming, and for demanding applications such as photo and video editing.

To improve the experience even more, HP has put extensive customer insights to work, which resulted in minimizing the amount of pre-installed software and desktop clutter. This more streamlined experience translates to improved OS operation and general system performance.

Powered for productivity, created to connect and entertain, and designed to enhance the home, these newly redesigned HP Pavilion All-in-Ones gives consumers tools to do it all, without trade-offs.

For more on the new smart, stylish HP Pavilion All-in-Ones, visit: www.hp.com/go/pavilion-allinone.  

Published: June 06, 2017

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The OMEN by HP lineup of gaming notebooks, desktops and accessories is getting leveled up this summer with a slew of new devices outfitted with all of the latest specs.

But the real surprise comes with the revolutionary re-think of its design, with the growing OMEN family getting a top-to-bottom revamp.

“The gaming industry has evolved and its users have grown a sensitivity to not only to performance and design, but to the total experience of their device,” said James Cha, industrial designer, consumer notebook and desktops at HP. “They want to look at it as a trophy piece when it’s sitting on their desk.”

HP had leveraged existing computers and outfitted them with gaming-ready parts on past iterations. But it’s changed tack to focus exclusively on the needs of gamers, with inspiring design and functional features that set the newest OMEN products apart.

The reinvented OMEN lineup not only brings best-in-class performance to casual, eSports, VR and immersive gaming experiences, they feature improved thermals, distinguished industrial design and user-friendly innovations.

Redesigned OMEN by HP Desktop.Redesigned OMEN by HP Desktop.“You really have got to listen to gamers when designing products for them,” Cha said. “They are sophisticated consumers who look at how the product is built, the story behind it, and how it meets their preferences for everyday use.”

Top priority for HP was designing for OMEN devices that not only looked cool, but run cool.  

"Instead of taking an existing chassis and building around its constraints, we started with the thermals and built a chassis to house them,” said John Ludwig, gaming and VR product manager at HP. “By redesigning the layout of the machine, we can greatly increase the airflow, which has a big impact on performance.”

Take, for example the OMEN by HP Desktop, which features fighter jet-like notched corners that give it an angular, forward-leaning look. Not only does it have a different profile than other gaming towers, those angular chevron cutouts enable more air intake and improve ventilation.

“The goal was for this thing to run nearly-silent and much quieter than our competitors,” he said. “Gamers want to push the limits on their GPU and CPU without the fans running loud.”

The desktop also has a number of other thoughtful features, including a carrying handle that’s designed to let gamers tote their rigs to friends’ houses for competitions and also a cleverly angled set of hidden double doors for easy access to the hard drives.

OMEN Compact Desktop with dock. Photo credit: The VergeOMEN Compact Desktop with dock. Photo credit: The VergeThermals also figure into the recently unveiled consumer version of HP’s virtual reality backpack, the OMEN X Compact Desktop, which until now has been marketed as a backpack and only been available in a developer kit.

It puts a gaming PC on the user’s back and pairs with a VR headset, offering enthusiasts an untethered, more immersive experience by enabling the player free movement away from the snaking cables of a hefty gaming rig or TV.

HP took feedback from users and reduced the pack’s weight and redesigned the straps to be more ergonomic. The newer design maintains airflow between the device and the user’s back to prevent the wearer from getting too warm.

HP also boosted its performance with an Intel Core i7 processor and added a small form-factor docking solution for customers that wanted to use the VR pack as their main PC. The VR pack pairs with an HTC Vive headset and also the HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset, which is sold as a developer’s kit.

OMEN by HP Accelerator connects to a notebook via Thunderbolt 3.OMEN by HP Accelerator connects to a notebook via Thunderbolt 3.New to the lineup is an external GPU dock, OMEN by HP Accelerator, which zeroes in on PC gaming via Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. The accelerator is paired with a (non-gaming) notebook PC for ultimate versatility. It can also accommodate nearly all of the graphics cards on the market today and pairs with any HP laptop or other Thunderbolt 3-certified notebook.

“You get the best of both worlds: An amazingly mobile notebook for everyday tasks, and high-end graphics processing power to play games when you dock,” Ludwig said.

For the revamped OMEN devices, it was important that smallest details weren’t overlooked.

“We wanted to make sure every, single part you see is a curated experience,” Cha said. “All of the internal components, even down to the littlest sockets, are accounted for in terms of. Gamers appreciate that they are buying a machine where everything inside is built for them.” 

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