New Razer Blade Laptop Is Sleek, Ready For VR And Starts At $3,700

by Joe Durbin • October 20th, 2016

Virtual reality is amazing but, in its most powerful forms, it’s not exactly portable. Sure, there are smartphone powered, mobile VR headsets, but those lack some important features that can only be found in “tethered” headsets like the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. These systems are much more sophisticated, but they need to be wired directly into a powerful PC in order to work. Typically, this means you’ll only be going as far as your HDMI cord allows. Today, however, a new VR ready laptop is being announced by Razer that will allow you to move more freely while still enjoying high-quality VR.

The Razer Blade is a thin, stylish VR ready laptop. Other laptops currently exist that are capable of running VR experiences at 90 FPS, but the Razer Blade is able to pack all of that power into a surprisingly compact design.

The Razer Blade is equipped with a 14″ screen, a NVIDIA  GEFORCE, GTX 1060 graphics card, and an Intel Quad-Core i7 processor. The screen comes in both standard HD and QHD+ with up to 1TB of storage capacity. And all of this is fit neatly into a chassis that is only 0.7″ thick.

The Razer Blade also takes advantage of the recently released NVIDIA VR Works software to create more visually powerful immersive experiences. VR Works enables more believable effects, physics and assets to be created in VR. Fire, goo, water, and hair are all components that are rendered with higher fidelity thanks to this software.

VR laptops like the Razer Blade are important for the burgeoning industry as they allow users the freedom to take VR experiences out of their rec-rooms and out into the wider world where they can be seen, enjoyed and understood by more and more people who otherwise would have no idea what VR is all about.

The Razer Blade is available today for $3,700 – $4,500, depending on options.

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