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
  • Should be great to play Vanishing Realms :) Though I think walkable games should be better for some kind of AR. At least to know when you're bumping into something.
    But that is the kind of game I'd want to play. Maybe the Hololens can do something like "turn your house into a fantasy dungeon".
  • I can see why this could be a thing, but for me it highlights one of the drawbacks of vr headsets your either tied to the console or wandering around blindly while playing a game that's going to make you move.
  • If you haven't used a VR headset like the Vive yet, you may not be aware that there is an in game warning system that will let you know when you're approaching a predetermined boundry. And the cables are more than long enough that for an average play space, being tied to the PC/Console isn't really that big of a deal.
  • "Incoming atomobi..."
  • It does? Nice! The Vive is great! Lots of detail.
  • Yeah, it's pretty cool. You trace out your play area ahead of time using one of the controlers, then when you get near the edge of your playspace, a transparant blue wall appears in the headset. I've had my Vive for about 2 weeks now and I can barely take it off it's so much fun!
  • Most games also have a teleporting system.  You use one of the handheld things and point to a spot on the floor and then teleport there.  You don't really have to walk if you don't want to.  It's also not that jarring visually to teleport, there is a fade in/out.
  • Maybe gaming friends should spin you round three times to add to that crashing into the TV fun. I'll wait for HoloLens
  • They need to develop a (good) Ghostbusters VR game to be packaged exclusively with this backpack.
  • I approve of this man's thinking!
  • I can see the why and the how, I just can't yet picture the 'who' for the VR One.  For me, it's a great solution in search of a problem (and a market).
  • Looks stupid though.
  • Just  think if you could network several of these togethter for mulitplayer...
  • They would all be hitting furniture and walls together!
  • This is some serious Ready Player One or Feedback Loop stuff :)
  • Don't realize how far ahead Microsoft is thinking with their truly portable untethered HoloLens, until you see something like this in action.
  • Thinner, and lighter, but you won't look any less nerdy.
  • You might not look as nerdy but at least you might not punch someone in the face by accident.
  • For me the battery life alone would make me not buy this. Something in the battery realm needs to happen in general. Also 41 is not So quiet. At least if you have multiple ones.
  • This proves how advanced HoloLens is ;)
  • Oh, good grief. I will laugh at and ridicule the first person I see with one of these ridiculous getups.
  • Nobody would just walk around with one of these. This would be something that you can pack up with the Vive and bring it over to a friends gathering. Guaranteed no one will care what it looks like once they try tjat VR.
  • What's funny is, this post or similar posts will probably be referenced in ten years for the jokes about the evolution of VR or AR. This thing looks ridiculous, and I look forward to laughing at these even more in ten years.
    At least they're innovating in some capacity. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • So, this plus blustacks/duos, and I can catch all the pokemons?