Lenovo gets ready for gaming action with two mighty new VR-ready Windows 10 PCs

Lenovo has unveiled two monstrous new Windows 10 PCs designed to offer a superlative gaming experience, including full support for top-of-the-line virtual reality experiences.

The IdeaCentre Y710 Cube promises support for 4K gaming, VR and "high-quality streaming with massive computing capabilities in real time". With a compact cube-like form factor, it weighs 16 pounds (around 7.25kg), and has an integrated carry handle.

Its key features include:

  • Up to 6th generation Intel Core i7 processor
  • Up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM
  • Up to 2TB HDD or up to 256GB SSD
  • Up to Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GPU
  • "KillerDoubleShot Pro Wi-Fi reduces in-game lag"
  • Optional Xbox One Wireless receiver, with support for up to eight controllers simultaneously

Lenovo also unveiled a new all-in-one PC, the IdeaCentre AIO Y910, which is also VR-ready. It has a 27-inch Quad HD (2560x1440px) "borderless display", with 144Hz refresh rate and 5ms response time. Other highlights include:

  • Detachable rear panel to access 'core components'
  • Up to 6th generation Intel Core i7 processor
  • Up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM
  • Up to 2TB HDD or 256GB SSD
  • Up to Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 or AMD Radeon RX460 GPU
  • "KillerDoubleShot Pro Wi-Fi reduces in-game lag"
  • "Impeccable sound with Twin 5W HarmanKardon stereo speakers"

Bizarrely, Microsoft's blog post today repeatedly suggests that both of Lenovo's new PCs will allow you "to game and experience virtual reality anywhere you go", perhaps inspired by the Y710's carry handle.

But really, "anywhere you go"? Will you be plugging in the Y710 to the power socket at your seat on a plane, to enjoy some VR action as you head off on holiday? Will you be lugging the Y910 all-in-one down to your local Starbucks for a gaming session? What about in the park? Or on the bus to work?

That repeated focus on portability seems like a very odd way to introduce these new PCs to the world, and one can only speculate as to why Microsoft thought that approach made the most sense. For most buyers these mighty new machines will remain in one place, and given their fierce specs, that should make plenty of gamers happy enough.

Both devices will be available in the US from October 2016. The IdeaCentre Y710 Cube will be priced from $1,299.99 with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 graphics. The IdeaCentre AIO Y910 will start at $1,799.99 with the same GPU.

Pricing and availability in other markets has not yet been announced.

Source: Windows Blog (Microsoft)

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