MSI Backpack PC to make VR mobile

By: Vamien McKalin
2 minute read

We’ve been seeing several VR devices ever since the Oculus Rift. HTC showcased the Vive and Sony is pushing its PlayStation VR headset as well. However, what about MSI, what are its plans for VR in order to stay relevant in the space?

Well, the company doesn’t seem too interested in releasing its own VR device any time soon. What MSI is working on is an interesting computer backpack. It is called the MSI Backpack, and it is basically a computer designed to be worn on your back.

Now, folks might be wondering how this little thong will work seeing as it has an Intel Core i7 processor and an NVIDIA GTX 980 graphic card built in. Don’t worry, MSI is aiming to attached a huge battery to the thing, so it should perform for quite some time.

For those who might be wondering, this is not designed to be used as a regular PC, but for VR users who would prefer more movement free from wires and the risk of tripping over. The MSI Backpack won’t protect you from walking into a wall, however.

We should point out this Backpack PC thing is not an original idea. Zotac is working on something similar, but we do not have much information on what is going on there.

Here’s what MSI had to say about its latest innovation:

MSI unveils a breathtaking Backpack PC powered by high-end Intel® Core i7 processor and NVIDIA® extreme level GTX980 graphics card. Free from the restraint of a fixed VR platform, users get to move around and enjoy VR with big movements and total immersion. No more worries about accidently unplugging the wires between the VR device and the platform. MSI Backpack PC renders greater mobility and freedom for VR gaming.

Keep an eye out for the MSI Backpack at Computex 2016 later beginning on May 31.

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