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Lenovo's IdeaCentre Y710 Cube.
Lenovo’s IdeaCentre Y710 Cube.

Lenovo is bringing virtual reality to the desktop PC with the announcement Tuesday of two new high-powered, gaming-oriented computers.

Both machines run Windows 10 and are marketed as highly portable. One is an all-in-one desktop, while the other features a 16 pound hard drive with a handle. Lenovo announced both VR-ready machines at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany.

“While many gamers dedicate rooms for their battle stations, about half are playing beyond the confines of a desk,” Mollie Ruiz-Hopper wrote in a Windows Blog post. “The minimalist designs of both PCs, combined with Windows 10, give you top-of-the-line performance virtually anywhere.”

The IdeaCentre Y710 Cube, referred to by some as the “console killer,” comes with a built-in Xbox One Wireless receiver and includes an Xbox One wireless controller, with capacity to support up to eight controllers at the same time. Its top-end specs include Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1080 graphics; Sixth Gen Intel Core i7 processor; KillerDoubleShot Pro Wi-Fi for reducing in-game lag; 32GB of DDR4 RAM and a 2TB hard drive or 256GB solid state drive storage.

Lenovo's IdeaCentre AIO Y910.
Lenovo’s IdeaCentre AIO Y910.

The IdeaCentre AIO Y910 boasts the same top end specs as the Cube, but all packed into a 27-inch desktop display. The display features a 144Hz refresh rate and 5 millisecond response time as well as built in 5W Harman Kardon stereo speakers.

The Cube will start at $1,299 and the Y910 will start at $1,799 when both machines are released this October. It is unclear how much each machine will cost with high end specs. Both start with a slightly lower quality graphics card than the top options and other starting specs were not listed in the Windows Blog post.

Virtual reality has become a top trend in the tech industry. Numerous companies have released their own headsets. Just yesterday, Microsoft released a version of Minecraft, the second most popular game of all time behind only Tetris, playable on Facebook’s Oculus Rift headset. VR is showing itself to have a wide range of applications from gaming to movies to sports to real estate and more.

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