At Computex 2016, MSI has unveiled a new gaming PC: not a classic desktop computer, on the Vertex style that appeals both to gamers, but a PC that is worn like a backpack addressed to VR community to deliver a game in full and rewarding virtual reality, wireless and power cables that serve as hindrance.
MSI VR Backpack PC
MSI VR Backpack PC fills the gap between gaming and complete desktop notebook: it is based on an MSI motherboard Z170, paired with an Intel Core i7 processor (Skylake) Series K overclockable, up to 16GB of RAM, SSD storage and a graphics card (for desktop) Nvidia GeForce GTX 980, but in addition also has a battery of 24 cells (unknown capacity). And in this configuration – according to figures released by the Taiwanese – the computer should work for 60-90 minutes in a row on a single charge in gaming VR mode.
The hardware equipment can be upgraded, and the battery is removable, so it will be possible to extend the range and improve the PC gaming performance (such as installing a new Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080) simply by removing the outer cover of the metal chassis and replacing the components. On board, there is only one HDMI port, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, an SD card reader and four audio jacks, and that is enough to meet the minimum requirements for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
With a large battery and the impressive hardware equipment, MSI VR Backpack PC weighs 5 kg. E ‘significantly heavier than a traditional laptop, but with a handle for easy transport and a plate on the back that acts as a barrier between the machine and the user’s shoulders. To facilitate the dissipation, MSI has integrated two large grills on the sides, but despite these precautions the PC temperatures reach very high levels.
MSI VR Backpack PC should arrive on the market in the second half of 2016, at a price not yet known.