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HP and MSI Tease New Backpack PCs for VR

May 31st, 2016 | by Z. Gonzales

Many people are saying the VR is the next frontier when it comes to computer games. However, one of the limitations of this technology is that it doesn’t provide a completely immersive experience as gaming using VR usually involved being tethered to a gaming rig via cables.

HP and MSI Backpack PC.pngAlthough a wireless approach is ideal, VR headset manufacturers are yet to overcome this hurdle. For the meantime, two PC brands are trying a work around by creating PCs which you can also wear.

HP and MSI has revealed two new PC models they are currently working on that utilizes the backpack design. These new types of machines are meant to be worn on your back and provide a more convenient way to play using VR headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

Specs-wise, the two machines are likely to have similar innards including Intel Core i7 processors, dedicated graphics cards and of course lots of memory that are crammed and specially arranged in a space the size of slim backpack.

HP omen backpack.pngHP’s model is said to weigh less than 10 pounds and will be equipped with two batteries and a pair of fans to manage heat. The device will also have wireless accessories including a keyboard, mouse and display.

Both PCs are still in the developmental stage and neither HP nor MSI has provided an idea on when consumers will see these on the market and how much they will fetch for. Nonetheless, these new type of devices are a good indication of things to come when it comes to VR gaming.

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