Anyone who owns an HTC Vive or has tried one in a store will have experienced the problem with a very long cable stretching from your Head Mounted Display (HMD) to the computer. You may trip on it, get it wrapped around you and at best you are always conscious of it. Until wireless HDMI and lightweight batteries can solve this problem, MSI suggests instead you just carry your entire computer on your back. Why not?
Obviously, this product is targeted for the hardcore Virtual Reality gamer as well as industrial or commercial gaming settings such as Dave & Busters.
Show me the hardware
The MSI VR One Backpack indeed contains the hardware chops to drive VR. The CPU is a Core i7 processor, with a NVIDIA extreme level GTX 1070 graphics card. Powering this device are two Hot-Swappable Batteries promising 1.5 hrs+ non-stop VR experience. Extra batteries can be purchased to keep you gaming for longer while they charge.
Connections will not be a problem with abundant connections to drive any device you may need such as one HDMI, one MiniDisplayPort, and a Thunderbolt 3 Type-C port and plenty of USB ports.
Will this give you back problems? At 3.6 Kg this thing should be easy enough to carry even for the meekest of VR geeks.
Cooling this bad boy are tTwo 9cm “ultra blade” fans and nine heat pipes keep the system cool. The cooling system will remain under 41dBA so unless you have the ears of a hawk you will not hear the device during your trek around in VR.
More details about the VR One will be available at the Tokyo Game Show (TGS) which kicks off on Thursday, September 15 and ends on September 18.