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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

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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: 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.

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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Published: May 12, 2017

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The explosion of virtual and augmented reality hardware and software—at a recent check, it’s a market that’s set to grow to $108 billion by 2021—is already changing the face of the video game and entertainment industries.  

But what if it could also change the way healthcare providers interact with their patients, the way educators teach their students and even the way office workers run meetings?

That’s the vision offered by MIcrosoft and HP, who this week unveiled the new HP Windows Mixed Reality Developer Edition Headset, which is available for pre-orders at Microsoft Stores, priced at $329 USD and $449 CAD.  

“Windows Mixed Reality is not just about gaming, but how we will interact with computers in the future,” said John Ludwig, gaming and VR product manager at HP. “From an experience perspective, we’re helping Microsoft put Windows Mixed Reality technology into your everyday life.”

The devkit, which offers tools for the MR/VR/AR software development community, aims to inspire them to build software and applications with immersive capabilities for a broader, more mainstream audience ahead of the planned consumer launch later this year. 

 

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 Before VR can do things like offer virtual travel experiences, facilitate social networking or help people receive mental health services, there’s room for its hardware to evolve.

As it is right now, the headset market is fragmented. There are high-performance devices for tethering with high-end gaming rigs that deliver immersive experiences, such as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. There are also lower-end devices, such as Google’s Daydream platform and Samsung’s Gear VR, that are meant to hook up to a smartphone for mobile applications.

But for the average PC user, there’s not much in between, Ludwig said.

“What’s innovative about Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality platform is that it spans both worlds, from accessory-driven, mobile applications all the way up to hardcore gaming,” he said.

Even when creating a device for software developers, HP’s designers set out to make a headset that’s both versatile and hones in on improving the user experience, according to Ludwig.

  

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The developer kit precedes the eventual HP consumer hardware, which is expected to roll out later this year. It costs about half of what’s currently offered in the market for consumers and takes advantage of some key innovations that make it more appealing to a wider audience than ever before.

Today’s higher-end devices are expensive—running at about $500 for a single headset—and require pairing with a gaming or other high-performance PC with beefy graphics processing. They also require a lot of complex setup, including a dedicated space to install sensors around a room so that the player’s movements can be tracked with accuracy.

For example, to make setup easier, the device taps a pair of front-facing cameras that scan the space around the player to track movement.Metal_leftfacingcable web.png

 It also ups the game on visuals, with a resolution boost to 1,440 x 1,440 pixels per eye. That’s an improvement from the existing standard of 1,280 x 1,080 per eye in most headsets today. It also features a 2-in-1 cable that pairs HDMI 1.4 and USB 3.0 together for easier, plug-and-play setup with no additional software to install and compatibility with whatever computing device the consumer already has – even an ultrabook. 

“We want to expand the market and spur developers to get started making great content and novel applications for today’s users and potential users,” Ludwig said. “Microsoft has enabled us to move the Windows Mixed Reality headset into a much more consumer-friendly place.”

The HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset Developer Edition is available for pre-orders at Microsoft Stores for U.S. and Canada, and on HP.com.