You'll be able to tweak the configuration before whipping out your credit card, but it seems like the Phoenix will ship with a 2TB hard drive and an Intel Core i7 K-series processor. There's a solid GPU option available no matter what company you pledge allegiance to, too — AMD Radeon R9 390x or NVIDIA's GTX 980 Ti are confirmed graphics card choices. Of course, it's not just the components that make a PC a serious VR machine. HP says it's ironing out graphics cards issues that could cause hiccups for the Vive's face-mounted screens and making sure those semi-real worlds show up in the correct resolution. Throw in a liquid cooling system and some sweet LEDs to monitor the tower's temperature and you've got the Envy Phoenix in a nutshell.
If that seems like a pretty well-thought-out approach, well, we'd agree with you. Really, the only thing you don't get with the Envy Phoenix is the Vive itself — we still don't know how much it'll cost or when it'll launch, but you've got to pick one up separately. For what it's worth, HTC has the easy part of this arrangement — HP builds a computer tailor-made to play nice with Vive, and the beleaguered Taiwanese company gets another shot a life beyond the smartphone.
Dana Wollman contributed to this report.