VR headsets are fun, but some of them lock you to your desk, seemingly ignoring the enhanced interactivity to be gained from the freedom to move around. A number of PC manufacturers aim to fill that void by introducing backpack PCs, letting you use your computer and accompanying VR gear anywhere, anytime.
Reports from The Verge and Gamasutra disclosed that MSI and HP are two of several manufacturers building backpack PCs. And don't expect this new form factor to sacrifice raw power for portability: HP's currently unnamed backpack unit is rumored to become part of its high-end "Omen" line of machines, and has the specs to prove it belongs.
According to The Verge, HP's unit will sport either an i5 or i7 processor, up to 32GB of RAM, and a graphics card that hasn't been revealed just yet—all snugly packaged into a thin backpack-like case that weighs less than 10 pounds.
MSI's concoction, named simply "Backpack PC," promises greater immersion when used in tandem with VR gear, and boasts an i7 processor and NVIDIA GTX 980 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."
Images used in this story courtesy of The Verge.