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 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.
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:
|Operating System||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)|