The company announced its latest gaming hardware and software: the OMEN 16 and OMEN 17 laptops, the customizable OMEN 25i Gaming Monitor and Victus by HP, its new brand of next-generation mainstream gaming PCs, with a 16-inch laptop. In addition, it announced the OMEN OASIS Beta gaming community on the OMEN Gaming Hub.
The company stated that two out of three people spend more time watching videos and playing games than before the pandemic, with one out of four playing three to four hours more, and nearly one out of five playing six to 10 more hours a week. “HP’s next-generation gaming portfolio is designed for both veteran gamers and enthusiastic explorers to be entertained, connected and empowered to progress in their favorite games,” they assert.
“Our constant focus with gaming is to create innovative technologies that progress the medium forward for everyone, be it enthusiast level OMEN users or newcomers to this growing and endlessly entertaining industry,” said Judy Johnson, Director of Gaming and Esports, HP Inc. “We are offering a compelling entry point for anyone who wants to game with Victus by HP, high power and performance with new additions to our OMEN line-up, and OASIS, a new feature for OMEN Gaming Hub, to optimise gameplay streaming while bringing people together.”
HP emphasizes that seasoned gamers crave the latest advancements in hardware and software that allow them to experience today’s titles at the max settings so they feel truly immersed when they get a last second multiplayer win or defeat that final boss.
In that sense, it stresses that the latest additions to the OMEN ecosystem are focused on delivering new experiences that go beyond the expected to keep gamers connected, entertained and excited for what’s next.
- Top-tier performance: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB graphics or AMD RDNA 2 architecture-based graphics. Intel Core i7-11800H7 series processors or AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-core mobile processors. Up to 32 GB DDR4 3200 MHz and up to 1 TB PCIe Gen 4×4 SSD or up to two 1 TB PCIe SSDs with Raid 09 support.
- Bursts of power: HP’s innovations in internal design continue to push the limits of what’s possible with blades that are 2.5 times thinner and have a more than 200% increase in the number of blades compared to the OMEN 15, so airflow is increased to meet the demands of powerful internal components. Meanwhile, gaming sessions last longer from any location with increased battery capacity from 52.5Whr to 83Whr for up to 9 hours of battery life.
- Desktop gaming: 16GB NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 GPU with up to 165W maximum TGP and up to one Intel Core i9-11900H7 processor. Up to 32GB of DDR4 3200 MHz memory and up to 1TB PCIe Gen 4×4 SSD9 or up to two 1TB PCIe SSDs with Raid 0 support.
- Chill Blades: Addition of 24 more blades that are 17% thinner along with a 14% larger output aperture ratio, contributing to a -5°C reduction in temperature on the keyboard surface platform compared to the previous generation and keeping gamers’ palms feeling comfortable.
OMEN 16 and OMEN 17:
- Immersive images: Up to QHD16 165Hz IPS panel with 3ms response time and 100% sRGB. For the first time on OMEN laptops, experience color-accurate low blue light with TÜVRheinlan Eyesafe display certification to keep your eyes cool during extended gaming sessions. Bright visuals also switch to the keyboard with per-key RGB lighting with OMEN Gaming Hub Light Studio integration for a look that lives up to any gaming setup theme.
- Thermal advances: Efficient cooling is simplified by OMEN Tempest Cooling Technology with Dynamic Power, OMEN Gaming Hub performance control and Undervolting, internal component management eliminates speculations to run resource-intensive titles efficiently.
- Expansion is quick and simple with single panel access to the SSD and RAM via Phillips head screws at the base of both laptops for easy hardware changes. It also comes with Wi-Fi 6E and a built-in 1x Thunderbolt 4 port. Optional Intel Optane H20 memory with solid state storage offers a customized computing experience with a new level of performance and large storage capacity options for gamers.
- Greener gaming: OMEN laptops are Energy Star certified and EPEAT Silver registered, both using recycled aluminum for the keyboard surface and speaker cases, with a combination of post-consumer and ocean-going recycled plastic and keys using recycled plastic. The laptops are packaged with external boxes and fiber cushions that are 100% recyclable and sustainably sourced.
New Victus brand
Every gamer has a significant origin story that explains their entry into PC gaming. Victus by HP was created to present gamers with an accessible, yet elevated gaming experience built with OMEN DNA. As a younger sibling to the pro-ready OMEN brand, Victus aims to help anyone from any background rise above the ordinary in their journey to discover what kind of gamer they are.
- The 16-inch display features up to QHD 165Hz and Eyesafe low blue light options and fits comfortably over a design that boasts a nearly 15-inch footprint for practical everyday portability. Graphics powered by a 6GB NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 and AMD Radeon RX 5500M notebook GPU. Options of up to Intel Core i7-11800H7 series processors or AMD Ryzen 7 5800H 8-core mobile processors along with up to 32 GB of DDR4 3200 MHz memory.
- Chill Drives: Wide back vents add visual flair in addition to improved thermal efficiency that is enhanced by five-way airflow and a four-way heat pipe design to help keep things running when the action heats up. With a single SSD up to Gen4 1TB PCIe storage or dual SSD compatible with RAID 0 storage options, as well as optional Intel Optane memory, they are fast and easy for gaming and other activities.
- Ultimate Control: Comes with OMEN Gaming Hub pre-installed to take advantage of powerful internal features such as Undervolting, Performance Mode, Network Booster and System Vitals, while accessing other features such as Coaching, Rewards and OMEN OASIS Beta.
New OMEN 25i Gamer Monitor
It is the first OMEN gaming monitor to feature HP Eye Ease with Eyesafe certification to reduce eyestrain while gaming. This hardware-enabled low blue light solution is integrated directly into the display. No need to adjust settings or worry about a compromised color experience thanks to a 30% reduction in excessive blue light compared to a standard LCD display.
– 165 Hz refresh rate and 1 ms response time with overdrive while AMD FreeSync Premium Pro technology and NVIDIA G-SYNC 29 compatibility deliver low latency with wide adaptive refresh rate without display tearing regardless of GPU. IPS panel technology with VESA DisplayHDR 400, DCI-P3 90%, 400 nits brightness and true 8-bit color.
– Next generation software: Shadow Vision makes a splash on OMEN Gaming Hub to enhance image details in the darkest dungeon of a game. Edge Precision corrects sharp images for smooth, crisp in-game angles, while Dynamic Crosshair allows the player to build the perfect reticle to focus on targets. Experience the world’s first Game Remastered mode to relive old-school PC games or connect a console via HDMI to experience the world’s first monitor-integrated solution that applies enhancement filters to lower resolution games so you can experience classics like never before.
OMEN Gaming Hub
OMEN Gaming Hub is evolving to address the needs of today’s gamer as a centralized solution for everything from optimizing their gaming PC, customizing their hardware and enhancing the gaming experience. User research shows that 91% of gamers prefer to share streams in small groups of 1-20 people, 61% say sharing live gaming experiences is important and 49% want to share webcams.
With this information, OMEN Gaming Hub added OMEN OASIS, currently in beta, to give gamers quick and simple access to stream games with their friends. OMEN OASIS is an easy-to-use, downloadable complement to OMEN Gaming Hub designed to streamline game sharing, game nights or watch parties with your friends. It features an invitation-only party of up to 16 people. Friends can communicate with high-quality voice or simple text chat. Now, with OASIS, gamers can share their game in real time in high definition and low latency.
Pricing and availability
- OMEN 16 is expected to be available in June through HP.com and Best Buy for a starting price of US$ 1049.99.
- OMEN 17 is expected to be available in June through HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of US$ 1369.99.
- Victus by HP 16 is expected to be available in June through HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of US$ 799.99.
- The OMEN 25i gaming monitor is expected to be available in July through HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of US$ 349.99.
- OMEN OASIS is now available in Beta in the U.S. and is coming soon to the rest of the world.