HP is finally about to release its own version of a wearable PC made for VR headsets. The HP Omen X backpack PC is slated to be launched in June, and will be compatible with the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets.
In a chat with PC World, Ron Coughlin, president of the Personal Systems Business at HP, said two versions of the Omen X backpack PC will be released. One is targeting businesses and commercial customers, while the other will be marketed towards gamers who don’t want to have their VR headsets tied down to a normal desktop or laptop. HP first announced plans to launch the backpack PC in May 2016, but after that it went silent on its progress until today.
The Omen X backpack PC will weigh under 10 pounds, and will have two hot-swappable batteries, each of which will offer up to one hour of VR gaming on a single charge. It will also have two USB Type-C ports, two USB 3.0 ports, and one HDMI port. The other hardware details have yet to be revealed, and pricing was not mentioned, but we would expect the PC to be on the expensive side.
HP is currently taking applications for developers to enter its Omen X testing program, which will allow VR app makers to try out an early version of the backpack PC before it launches. Two other PC companies, ZOTAC and MSI, have already released their versions of a backpack VR PC, with prices starting around $1,800. Dell, via its Alienware division, has also shown off a prototype VR backpack PC, but so far it has not announced plans to launch such a product.
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