The current generation of recently shipped VR headsets rely on a tethered connection to a high-powered gaming PC making the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift less than portable outside of your own home. Acer have announced the Predator 17X that aims at tackling this problem by bundling the processing and graphics power required to run a VR headset into a laptop.
The Acer Predator 17X replaces the previous Predator 17, which didn’t quite meet the requirements necessary for powering a VR headset. The Predator 17X includes improved graphics in the form of a Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 graphics card, a 17.3-inch display with the option of upgrading it to 4K resolution. You’ll get around 3 hours of battery life and it weighs in at 10 pounds, so while laptop by definition, you won’t be carrying this one around with you on a daily basis.
The Predator 17X is certified with Nvidia’s VR Ready program meaning it is one of the relatively small number of laptops on the market that is guaranteed to play VR games flawlessly with the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
Despite the Predator 17X being a monster of a laptop and offering a portable option to immerse yourself in VR, at $2,799 when it goes on sale in June in North America, it’ll cost you over double what a VR-ready desktop would set you back.
If cost is not an issue for you then the Predator 17X is the perfect laptop for a hardcore gamer wishing to make their VR experience portable.