HP is inching closer to making PC-powered VR a little more mobile with a June release date for its Omen X VR backpack PC. As revealed by PCWorld, the backpack PC will actually start shipping in two flavors: one for gamers and the other for commercial customers.
While current VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive remain tethered experience, the Omen X VR Pack makes for a more immersive, mobile experience by strapping the PC to your back. The pack itself sports a red and black design and weights in at around 10 pounds. Powering the experience are two batteries that can be hot-swapped on the fly to extend your time away from a wall plug. As of its original reveal in 2016, the Omen X VR Pack was slated to run on an Intel Core i5 or i7 CPU and up to 32GB of RAM. There's currently no word on what GPU we can expect to ship with the Pack.
Pricing remains a mystery for the time being, but don't expect the Omen X VR Pack to come in cheap. We'll know more as the June release approaches, but for now, developers can apply to test the pack at HP's website (opens in new tab).
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PC in the woods!
Where's the frontpack monitor?
This should be for the HoloLens go out in the woods plan some Call of Duty for real for real.
hololens is standalone. It wouldn't benefit from an external backpack in any way. Also, FOV on any lightweight see-through HMD will be very limiting for any FPS type of game. We are a long way off (need some new type of display or optical tech) before what you want is practical.
When I first saw the picture I thought it was a fancy case for a Pre3.
This is absolutely crazy. I'll wait until VR matures enough.
I think its pointless now that there will be wireless VR headsets
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