As consumer-ready virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive begin shipping, it seems as if everyone wants a piece of the virtual reality pie in one way or another. Today, another company has entered the fray. Dell has announced three new workstations which are VR-ready, in an effort to bring virtual reality to the enterprise space and beyond. While the entertainment niche is rapidly adopting the technology, Dell believes that businesses may soon latch on to VR as a means for better productivity.
“The first use for VR is in games and entertainment, but we’re seeing a lot of interest in the enterprise as well,”Rahul Tikoo, executive director and general manager of Dell Precision workstations told VentureBeat. “This signals to the world we will have a leadership position in this space. We are enabling the right usage for commercial customers.”
The three new workstations include the Precision Tower 5810, 7810, and 7910. The company also unveiled an upgrade to their Rack 7910, which has higher performance and is capable of running intense VR graphics with ease. All of these machines will also be easily compatible with the Oculus Rift, which launched this week, and the HTC Vive which begins shipping on April 5. Prices for these new workstations will range between $1,199 and $2,049, and they will all be available on the company’s website starting Tuesday, April 5. Additionally, Dell has plans to eventually offer these workstations in bundle-form to include an actual VR headset. While Alienware is doing something similar, Dell is targeting the professional and enterprise consumer, whereas Alienware is targeting mostly gamers.
“Dell Precision has been delivering immersive computing experiences for many years including 3D immersive caves, simulation and military applications. This next generation of VR brings immersive visualization to the masses by democratizing the technology,” said Tikoo. “The implementations are endless, and Precision aims to address the need for more rigor when professional creators demand the utmost in performance and reliability while building incredible VR content.”
Some of the upgrades included in these VR-ready workstations include up-to-date AMD and NVIDIA graphics technology, Ultra-Speed PCle drives and up to 1TB of DDR4 Memory running at a speed of 2400MHz. Let us know if you’ve decided to purchase any one of these upgraded workstations in the Dell VR-Ready forum on VRTalk.com.