MSI's backpack PC for VR gaming is now much thinner and lighter

MSI has announced the VR One, a backpack PC made for virtual reality gaming and optimized for the HTC Vive headset. The backpack weighs close to 8 pounds, much less than the 12 pound prototype backpack PC that it showed off at Computex in June. It's also thinner than that older version.

MSI says the VR One will give gamers about 1.5 hours of gameplay with its two on-board batteries:

VR One is fully HTC VIVE Optimized. It comes with 1x HDMI port, 1 Mini DisplayPort and 1 ultra-speed Thunderbolt3 by Type-C port support highest bandwidth for dual 2K displays per eye. All these ports support smoother VR experience with over 90FPS for any high level VR devices. Moreover, there are 4x USB 3.0 ports for more external devices for some VR set requests.The secret to keep the VR One cool and silent for long sessions of VR experience relies on the cooling system. The cooling design consists of dual 9cm ultra blade fans and 9 heat pipes. Working together, the cooling system easily keeps the VR One silent under 41dBA. The only sound you will hear, therefore, is from your VR headsets. The silent and powerful VR One allows you to immerse yourself totally in the VR world at night without waking up your pets and parents!

Unfortunately, MSI has yet to reveal a release date or a price for the VR One PC.

John Callaham