4 VR backpack PCs for an amazing experience [2020 Guide]

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Top VR backpack PCs

The HTC Vive and Oculus Rift have ushered us into a revolutionary era of VR gaming. Many people have viewed the VR experience as futuristic and one that fully immerses you into a new world of gaming where you can fully interact with the environment. However, there is one unavoidable yet unfortunate flaw with the products that we have to contend with; the trailing cable that runs from your head (headset) to the PC.

In short, if you are not careful, you might trip over the cable and hit the ground or fall into a wall while dancing around your VR gaming space. Thanks to innovative minds that we now have VR backpack PCs that cuts that cord.

VR backpack PCs are still in that liminal state where a lot has been spoken about them, but only a few people have gotten to try them. These backpacks are designed to free you from the annoying VR wires by redirecting the cable to a PC that you wear on your back. Carrying a PC on your back while dancing around immersed in VR doesn’t sound that appealing, but they are incredibly light so you won’t even feel the weight. In this article, we’ll discuss the top VR backpack PCs that are cool and revolutionary.

Related: HTC Vive to get a wireless tether upgrade kit in 2017


The best VR Backpack PCs to buy

MSI VR One Backpack PC (recommended)

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Dubbed VR One, this MSI VR backpack PC looks like a sophisticated war machine from another planet. The design is futuristic and one would be forgiven for thinking that it’s a military object designed for galactic warfare.MSI calls it an ‘armor design’ that highlights braveness, power, and mobility. The exterior looks solid with an aerodynamic outline that gives the impression of a superhero in the VR world. Weighing only 3.6kgs, MSI claims that the VR One is the lightest and the thinnest VR backpack around. The VR One is not just about the looks; the magic is seen in what it houses under the hood.

Inside the VR One is an overclocked Intel Core i7 CPU and GTX 10 series (Nvidia GTX 1070) graphics card. This has more than enough horsepower to play any VR game you throw at it. I/O consists of four USB 3.0 ports, Thunderbolt 3 Type-C port, mini-DisplayPort out, HDMI out, microphone and mini jacks. It comes with a pair of battery packs that can provide up to 90 minutes of gameplay on charge and can be hot-swapped without turning off the headset. Cooling is effectively handled by the 9cm fans and nine heat pipes. Though optimized for the HTC Vive, the MSI VR One also works fine with the Oculus Rift.

Related: MSI’s new Windows 10 laptop is Oculus Rift and HTC Vive compatible


Zotac VR Go Backpack PC

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Zotac initially created a shrunken mini PC with a huge battery, threw it in a mesh bag, hooked up an HTC Vive and surprisingly, it attracted quite an audience. Later on, they iterated that prototype to give birth to the awe-inspiring VR Go backpack PC that has taken VR to a whole new level. Zotac says that the latest version of the VR Go backpack PC is lightweight, comes with an enhanced design, improved performance, and user-friendly functionalities. At the top, you will find the HDMI and USB outputs needed to connect your VR headset.

At the side, you will find other connectivity options including 2 DisplayPort outputs, two more HDMI outputs, Ethernet, SD card reader, and a pair of 3.5mm headphone inputs. And just like the top VR backpack PCs, the VR Go is equipped with an Intel Core i7 CPU and Nvidia GTX 1070 graphics card. The custom motherboard can house two DDR4 SO-DIMM and can cater to M.2 SSD. It also has a room for a 2.5 inch SATA drive. Pricing has not been announced and so its availability as of now.

Editor’s Note: This article continues on the next page. If you’re interested in other VR products, check out our wide collection of guides.