Say what you want about VR in general, but backpack VR PCs for the average consumer certainly haven’t caught on. So HP is taking a different tack with its latest VR backpack. The company is pushing the device (which HP says is nearly 30% more powerful than its predecessor) as an appealing option for architects, professional training purposes, and location-based entertainment (think massive VR installations and smaller VR arcades).
HP VR Backpack (Credit: HP)
HP says the backpack is “specifically designed to tackle VR engines including Unreal and Unity” (just like pretty much every other PC with a certain level of dedicated graphics), and will include an 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia RTX 2080 graphics. HP says the hardware upgrades add up to a 30% performance boost and 25% beefier graphics over its previous-generation backpack. But that extra power is likely going to mean more power consumption. The company says battery life will be about an hour, but you can hot-swap those batteries, and HP will of course be happy to sell lots of extras (and extra chargers) to anyone interested in setting up a pay-to-play VR arcade.
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When you aren’t wearing the VR backpack, HP says you’ll be able to attach it to a standard VESA mount. And the system can even be docked to turn it into a more traditional PC. The company includes a VR Backpack G1 Dock in the box, although you can buy extra docks, as well. HP says the backpack will be available sometime this summer for a starting price of $3,299.
Here’s a rundown of the VR Backpack’s key specs, direct from HP:
|Windows 10 Pro 65|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-8850H|
|Maximum memory||32GB DDR4-2666|
|Memory slots||2 SODIMM|
|Internal Storage||256GB-1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD|
|Graphics||Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080|
|Power||330W external power adapter|
|Dimensions||13.1 x 9.3 x 2.4 inches|
|Weight||Starting at 10.3 pounds / 4.66kg (including batteries and harness)|