If you have been following the virtual reality business in the past year, you know that we have seen a few PC makers show off prototypes of “backpack PCs” at trade shows. They are supposed to allow owners of headsets like the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift to have more freedom of movement while playing VR games. Now, you can actually buy a backpack PC for the first time in the form of the MSI VR One.
The PC was first shown off at Computex in June, and now Newegg is selling two versions of the MSI VR One. Both weigh about 7.9 pounds and both have a battery that will allow VR gamers to get up to 90 minutes of play on a single charge. The battery is also supposed to be hot-swappable, which means you can replace the uncharged battery with a fully charged unit pretty quickly. The backpack can also be placed on a flat surface and used like a regular desktop PC after you get done with all of your VR fun on the run.
One version costs $1,999 and has an Intel Core i7-6820HK quad-core processor, 16GB of RAM, 256GB of SSD storage and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card. There’s another version that costs $2,299, which upgrades the graphics card to a GeForce GTX 1070, and bumps the storage up to 512GB. Newegg’s listing says that shipments of the MSI VR One will begin on November 30.
We already know another PC maker, ZOTAC, has plans to launch a backpack PC for VR gaming by the end of 2016. HP has shown off a prototype of its own backpack PC, but so far, the company has not commented on when, or if, it will be released.