HP gearing up to launch its Omen X VR backpack PC in June

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.

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