The new Alienware Aurora goes big for Virtual Reality

Dell's gaming brand, Alienware, has pulled the wraps off its own E3 product launches and the headline act is a return for the Aurora.

As you might imagine this is a pre-built gaming PC with some serious chops, and Alienware is touting it understandably as perfect for VR. Inside we're looking at toolless upgrades, which is pretty great for the more casual buyer, and the new NVIDIA GTX 1080. Or rather, it'll allow you the option to have two of them, if you wish.

You can also spec it up with an Extreme Edition Intel Core i7 processor, 64GB of DDR4 RAM and up to 1TB of m.2 SSD storage with RAID HDD options, as well. All that power is going to generate some heat, and you can also spec up the new Aurora with liquid cooling to keep those temperatures down.

Prices will start from $799, but start adding thousands for some of the high end specs we've listed here.

Alienware is also using E3 to refresh its top end desktop PC, the Area 51, with the headline there being the new Broadwell-E Extreme Edition chips from Intel, which will go all the way up to the 10-core. Start saving now if you want one of those any time in the next few years.

Away from the main announcement, over at the PC Gaming Show, AMD showed off a reference design backpack from Alienware. It doesn't really look much different to the early backpack PCs we've already seen for VR, but it does make use of the AMD RX 480 graphics card which launches on June 29.

The Aurora and Area 51 should be available direct from Alienware beginning June 14.

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