HTC Vive and Oculus Rift ushered in a revolutionary era of virtual gaming. Many people see the virtual reality experience as futuristic, which completely immerses you in a new game world where you can fully interact with the environment. However, there is one inevitable but unfortunate drawback with the products we have to contend with; hanging cable that goes from your head (headset) to the PC.
In short, if you’re not careful, you can trip over a cable and fall to the ground or fall into a wall while dancing around your VR game space. With an innovative mind, we now have VR backpack PCs that cut that cord.
VR backpack computers are still in the same state of being talked about a lot, but only a few people are trying them out. These backpacks are designed to free you from annoying virtual wires by rerouting the cable to the PC you carry on your back. Carrying a PC on your back while dancing immersed in virtual reality doesn’t sound very appealing, but they are incredibly light, so you won’t even feel the weight. In this article, we will discuss the best VR backpacks that are cool and revolutionary.
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Best VR backpack PC buy
MSI VR One Backpack PC (recommended)
Dubbed VR One, this MSI VR backpack looks like a sophisticated war machine from another planet. The design is futuristic, and one would think that this is a military facility intended for galactic warfare. MSI calls it «armor design» which emphasizes boldness, power and mobility. The exterior looks solid with an aerodynamic contour that gives the impression of a superhero in a virtual reality world. Weighing just 3.6kg, MSI claims the VR One is the lightest and thinnest backpack in the world. VR One isn’t just about looks; The magic is in what’s under the hood.
Inside VR One is an overclocked Intel Core i7 processor and a GTX 10 series graphics card (Nvidia GTX 1070). It’s more than enough to play any virtual game you throw at it. The input/output consists of four USB 3.0 ports, a Thunderbolt 3 Type-C port, a Mini DisplayPort, an HDMI output, a microphone, and mini jacks. It comes with a pair of batteries that can provide up to 90 minutes of gaming on a charge and can be hot-swapped without turning off the headset. Cooling is effectively managed by 9cm fans and nine heatpipes. Although optimized for the HTC Vive, the MSI VR One also works great with the Oculus Rift.
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